Causes and Effects of World War II

By: Taylor Rex

Totalitarian Leaders & Regimes Rise

Multiple countries from all over began practicing Totalitarian regimes. This meant that the leaders wanted to have complete control of the government and society in every way possible. Some the these leaders were Hitler, Benito Mussolini, etc. Once these leaders gained power they would take advantage of people and the country would fall at their feet.

German U boats in the Atlantic

German U boats (submarines) began sinking allied ships that were filled with innocent people. The German U boats were one of the reasons the U.S. joined the war. Ultimately, the boats in the Atlantic was the longest battle in WWII. It Began from the first day of hostilities and ended on the very last day of the war.

Cash and Carry Policy

Cash and Carry policy was a policy suggested by FDR where companies in the US had the ability sell war materials if paid cash in full. The purchaser would then pick up the items and transport them. This took Germany out of the game because Germany didn't have any major ships, their boats were submarines for the most part.

Lend Lease act of 1941

Proposed in late 1940 and passed in March 1941. The Lend-Lease Act was the principal means for providing U.S. military aid to foreign nations during World War II.

Bombing of Pearl Harbor

The Japanese started taking over large amounts of areas in the east, like China and Manchuria. The United States didn't like this idea so we restricted their trade and "froze" their bank assets. This really made Japan angry that they created a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the American naval base. 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded in this attack.