Causes of WWII?

What caused WWII?

German U-Boats

  • German submarines patrol much of the Northern Atlantic, sinking allied ships


  • Huge force in Economic warfare/blockades


  • Major component of the Battle of the Atlantic (fought throughout the war


Cash and Carry Policy

  • US Businesses could sell war materials if paid cash and purchaser picked up the items (eliminated Germany)


Lend- Lease Act

  • "Lent" Destroyers to British (war had already started in Europe)


Bombing of Pearl Harbor

  • Interactive Battle Sequence
  • Japanese had expanded and taken over areas in the Far East (China, Manchuria, and French Indochina)

  • US restricts trade Japan (hurts economy)

  • US Freezes Japanese assets in US Banks

  • Negotiations were unsuccessful

  • Surprise Attack cripples the US Pacific Fleet

  • Attack Statistics



Rise of the Totalitarian Regimes

  • A ruler with total power over a country, typically one who has obtained power by force or, a person who tells people what to do in an autocratic way or who determines behavior in a particular sphere
  • Mussolini: Fascist leader of Italy , Il Duke(“The Duke” or “The Leader”)
  • Tojo: Military Leader of Japan, Planned Pearl Harbor Attacks
  • Hitler: Fuhrer of Germany