World War II Project

By: Olivia, Tony, Kevin, and Micah.

Battle Of Pear Harbor

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the imperial Japanese navy on the U.S naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It took place on December 7th, 1941. Franklin D. Roosevelt was a leader during this time and said something that is considered to be quite inspirational, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.". The Japanese only lost roughly 100 mean, while the U.S lost over 2,500. Osami Nagano was the organizer of the attack and had been planning it for over a year.

Battle Of Midway

The Battle of Midway in the Pacific Theater of Operations was one of the most important naval battles of World War II. Between June 4th and 7th, 1942, only six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the United States Navy defeated an Imperial Japanese Navy attack on Midway Atoll. Admiral Chester Nimitz was the commander and chief of the U.S. navy fleet. Soon after the war, he was the one who created the idea of "Island Hopping" where the U.S. navy would conquer an island and move onto the another.


On June 6, 1944 , Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. We lost 10,000 troops in the battle. D-Day had a major impact on the way we think about War now. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was a supreme power during the time of the attack. He later became our president and was in office from 1953 to 1961.

Flying Tigers

This was the first American Volunteer Group of Chinese Air Force in 1941-1942. They were composed of pilots from the U.S army. The members of the group had lucrative contracts with salaries ranging from $250 a month for a mechanic to $750 for a squadron commander, roughly three times what they had been making in the U.S forces. The group first saw combat on the 20th december 1941.It achieved notable success during the lowest period of the war for U.S. and Allied Forces, giving hope to Americans that they would eventually succeed against the Japanese.

Home Front

The home front covers the activities of the people in a nation at war. During WWII homeland production became even more invaluable to both the Allied and Axis powers. Governments became way more involved with newer issues such as home defense, evacuation during air raids, and rationing. It was a significant part of the war effort for everyone involved. It had a huge impact on the war.

General Hideki Tojo

Tojo was the Prime minister of Japan. He ruled from 1941-1944. Japan became very militarist and aggressive in the 1930s and was practically governed by the military leaders. After a very minimal attempt to improve the relationship with the U.S. he oredered to go to war and attack Pearl Harbor. He resigned when he realized Japan was going to lose.

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General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Eisenhower was trained as Westpoint, he was an excellent administrator and quickly moved through many different staff positions. By 1942 he was made U.S commander in Europe. He commanded invasions in North Africa. On June 6, 1944 the Allied invasion of Normandy began with the largest combined force in history.

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General Omar N. Bradley

One of the most capable generals of WWII, his II Corps participated in the North African Campaign and were primarily responsible for victory in Tunisia. After joining the Normandy Invasion in 1944, his men liberated Paris on August 25. He took command of the Twelfth Army Group which contained more than 1,000,000 men.

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Benito Mussolini

Mussolini was the prime minister of Italy. He was former journalist, he went into politics and formed the fascist party whose ideology was obviously Fascism. Hie treatment of unemployment made him popular, but the military aggression of Fascism led to its failure He was eager to show the strength of his regime by invading weaker neighborhoods.

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Dropping the bomd

Short Term:

  • Brought Imperial Japan to its senses. They, both the government and the people, honestly believed that they could win WWII. In fact, we'd destroyed their Navy, we beat them in every land conflict in which we engaged them, and we knocked them out of the sky. No matter what they threw at us, we clobbered them. With no military left to speak of, their final defense was to be the people of Japan were we to invade. They wouldn't have given up until they were all dead.

  • The use of "the bomb" saved hundreds of thousands of Allied lives. It also saved the lives of most of the people of Japan by forcing their government to admit defeat.

Long Term:

  • It showed the world the terrible destructive power of "the bomb." While this might be considered "immediate", the effects are very long term. The world saw the utter destruction the bombs caused and nobody has used them since.
  • The display of power so demoralized the Japanese, they were rather meek for a long time. This allowed the Democratic reforms put in place by the US to take hold.

Common infantry during WWII (our something extra)

  • Long range and heavy load bombers were used for the first time
  • Tanks were being used
  • Aircrafts were improved dramatically so they were being used more because people actually trusted them.
  • The U.S had the first bomber fleet.
  • Submarines had started being used more