The USA entered World War II in response to the Japanese bombing of the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Prior to the attack, the country had maintained an isolationist policy, although government leaders considered involvement inevitable and had been providing the Allies with arms and other supplies. The US had long-standing friendly relations with Britain and the Japanese assault tipped the country against the Axis powers.Continue Reading
Until 1941, the US kept out of the war. In general, Americans considered it a European affair and preferred to follow the traditional American policy of isolationism. However, the country was sympathetic to the Allied cause. The US had fought against Germany during WWI. Communists, leftists and Jews who heard about the oppression occurring in Germany pressed and lobbied the government to intervene. Many people believed that the totalitarian tendencies of European fascism would eventually threaten the US. In addition, the US shared a common heritage and friendly relations with Britain, whose very existence was threatened by the Germans.
For these reasons, the US sided with the Allies from the beginning and furnished them with much needed war supplies. The Roosevelt administration anticipated involvement and prepared the nation's arms manufacturing. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, it was the final component necessary to remove any doubt about going to war.Learn more about World War 2
The quality of treatment of German POWs during World War II largely depended on which country captured them. The United States was known for offering relatively humane treatment, while the USSR is reported to have forced countless prisoners into labor camps where they frequently died. Even among the Allied forces, the protections afforded POWs occasionally broke down.Full Answer >
World War II was the last time that battleships ruled the U.S. Navy. It was also the last time that large numbers of merchant ships and luxury liners were used as troop transports. Two of the most famous ships from that war are the USS Missouri and the Queen Mary.Full Answer >
Although World War II was officially started by Germany invading Poland, there were several events that led up to this war. Some causes include the Treaty of Versailles and the rise of fascism.Full Answer >
World War II began mainly as a result of Nazi Germany reoccupying increasing amounts of land over which, according to the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, it no longer had claim. England and France, allied countries that fought against Germany in World War I, declared war on Germany on Sept. 3, 1939, after it invaded Poland, despite repeated demands to cease military occupation.Full Answer >