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Six Of The Main Events And Battles During Wwii

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Pearl HarborJapan needed to get trough the Pacific with ease so that their plans of an invasion of North America would be successful. The only thing that stood in their way was Pearl Harbor (owned by the United States). Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese Imperial Navy, at approximately 8:00 A.M., Sunday morning, December 7, 1941. 353 Japanese aircraft had been in this assault and no declaration of war had been stated at this time. Therefore the United States were not ready for this attack. Approximately 100 ships of the U.S. Navy were present that morning, consisting of battleships, destroyers, cruisers and various support ships. Over half the U.S. Pacific fleet was out to sea, including the carriers. A total of twenty-nine Japanese aircraft were shot down by ground fire and U.S pilots from various military battalions. This attack on Pearl Harbor was the incentive for the United States to join the war. With them joining it gave the allies enough fresh troops to defeat Germany and Japan.Atomic BombThe atomic Bomb was completed by Albert Einstein in 1944 and cost the United States over $2 billion. Nick named that Manhattan project, and was top secret. The A-bomb as it is also known as was one of the smallest bombs but did the most destruction ever. You would be able to take out an entire town with one A-bomb. Everyone during WWII was trying to develop this weapon because they knew if they did the country to do so would probably win the war. Allied troops found German factories with A-bomb plans in them. The Germans probably didn't have enough resources, like uranium, to complete this project and that is why they fell short. The United States completed their bomb first because of Canada's supply of uranium. The first A-bomb, "little boy," was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The United States gave Japan a chance to surrender over three days but the Japanese Government said no. Therefore, on August 9, 1945 a second bomb, nicked named "fat man," was dropped on Nagasaki. In these two explosions over 100000 people died instantly and many many more in the years to come because on the radiation.Dieppe RaidIn 1942 Joseph Stalin began to put pressure on Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt to open a second front in Europe. They were unwilling to carry out a large offensive but it was agreed to carry out an experiment in an amphibious assault on the coast of France. The Dieppe Raid originally due to take place in July but bad weather resulted in it being postponed until August and was suppose to be top secret .On 19th August 1942 a small mixed force of 5,000 Canadian and 1,000 British troops landed at Dieppe. The attack was not secret and the Germans knew about it. The Allied forces immediately came under attack from German troops. Within a few hours 4,000 of the men were either killed, wounded or captured. Allied commanders later claimed that valuable military information was gained from the Dieppe Raid. This included the need for more...

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