World War II Essays & Term Papers

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World War II lasted from 1939-1945. The war began in Europe on Sept. 1, 1939, when Germany attacked Poland, and ended on Sept. 2, 1945, with the formal surrender of Japan aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay. The rival powers were the victorious Allies (Great Britain and the Commonwealth, France, the United States, the USSR, and China). The losing side consisted of Germany, Italy, and Japan, as well as smaller nations. World War II killed more people, destroyed more property,

Aim: What were the causes of World War II? 1. What was World War II? World War II lasted from 1939-1945. The war began in Europe on Sept. 1, 1939, when Germany attacked Poland, and ended on Sept. 2, 1945, with the formal surrender of Japan aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay. The rival powers were the victorious Allies (Great Britain and the Commonwealth, France, the United States, the USSR, and China). The losing side consisted of Germany, Italy, and Japan, as well as smalle

Robert Kwant Hist.142 3/11/98 Term Paper Collaboration and Murder: Ukrainian Participation in the Holocaust The history of Ukrainian collaboration in the Holocaust is a logical progression that starts with native anti-Semitism and ends with Ukrainian participation in the murder of thousands of Jews. The Ukrainian population harbored its own unique type of anti-Semitism rooted in historic opposition to Polish nobility and Soviet rule before the out break of World War Two. For the Germans,

The United States decision to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima was both a diplomatic measure calculated to intimidate the Soviet Union in the post Second-World War era as well as a military measure to force Japan's unconditional surrender. Both measures influenced the decision to bomb Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The bombing served to both intimidate the USSR (then Soviet Union) and secure an unconditional surrender from Japan. Secretary of State at the time, James Byrn

The United Nations There have been many organizations throughout recent history that have tried to attain international unity but have failed. Organizations such as: the European River Commissions of the early 1800's, the International Telegraph Union (1865) and the Universal Postal Union (1874), the Court of Arbritrations (1899), and the League of Nations (1914). The United Nations, however, has emerged as a great power in the struggle for international peace. The Charter of

Heading Towards WWII World War II was a result of how World War I was resolved. The Treaty of Versailles, signed at the end of the Great War, was supposed to bring about change and peace. The League of Nations, a part of the Treaty, was an international alliance for the preservation of peace. Although it did change world politics, the Treaty did not bring about peace, but ironically led to a more violent and deadly war, World War II. Signed on June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles a

Even though the governments of Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini were both Fascist governments, there were still some aspects that were not quite the same in them. Some of these include their use of violence or the extent of their racism and nationalism. There were still some similar aspects in both of them however, such as they both came to power during times of economic unrest (The Great Depression). In Hitler's mind, the Germans were the master race (Aryans) and all other races were fa

Advances by Way of War War is a very good way for our society to advance its ideas and technology. War lets leaders with newideas rise to power, gives them resources to work with and stimulates a aggressiveness to reach the goal before the other side does, this aggressiveness often ends with success. I'll use WW2 as a example.Some events, ideas, and technological advances that occured between the years 1940-1946 or were the results of events during WW2. In 1946 the first computer was mad

BOEING B-29 SUPER FORTRESS The Boeing B-29 Super Fortress was one of the most important planes in the Second World War. It was born out of the Army Air Corps' demand for a bomber capable of flying 400 miles per hour, carrying a ton of bombs, and flying missions up to 5,000 mile. The USAAF did not wait to start production. They did not even test a prototype. By 1942 there were well over 1,500 on the assembly line. There were 3,965 B-29's produced throughout the World War II. The B-29 had a l

Beginning after the end of World War II and proceeding until 1990, the Cold War has effected all countries in Eastern and Western Europe. Through unsettled grievances, the Soviet Union and United States have "fought" a nuclear arms war to show off who has the best defenses and technology. Due to previous events, it is evident that the Soviet Union is to blame for such actions. From signing the non-aggression pact to the Cuban Missile crisis, it is obvious that the US is just a bystande

WWII was one of the longest most deadly wars ever know to man. Most of the countries were either affected by it or directly involved with it. The United States did not directly join the war until December of 1941. In August of 1945 an event happened that would change the way we look and execute war tactics. The use of the atomic bomb was first introduced to war. Once Pearl Harbor was bombed the United States was ready to join a war that had been going on for an unbelievable amount of time. T

The Atomic Bomb It was the thoughts of Albert Einstein that led to the creation of the atomic bomb. Albert E. predicted that mass could be converted into energy; this was later confirmed in 1932 by two scientists named John D. Crockfort and Ernest R. Walton. The way the atomic bomb works is by fission. Fission is the process of splitting atoms to create energy. Fission was discovered in 1938. The material they split to create the energy is called uranium. Unfortunately, uranium was very h

Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird is a tragedy narrated by a young boy with dark hair and eyes who is abandoned in eastern Poland, at the outbreak of World War II. He travels from village to village throughout the war years, occasionally protected, but more often terrifically abused by the local inhabitants, due to their ignorance, superstition, and fear of recourse from the Nazis. "He seeks asylum in huts and farms and, everywhere he is exposed to murder, rape, sadism, sodomy, incest, an

A Simulated Journal for Chuck Yeager It is January of 1944, My 357th fighting squad and I are stationed at Raydon Wood Airdome in a country called Suffolk, a little east of England. The Germans have the European coast from the North Sea down to Spain. Our forces have damaged the German Air Force (the Luftwalffe) but they are still highly dangerous. I found out yesterday that our unit would be receive a new fighter called the P-51 Mustang built by North American Aviation. I heard it was

History paper During the Second World War, the Americans faced a difficult time in their war against Japan. The topography of the land the well trained Japanese army and their motivation made it difficult to the Americans to decide the fate of the war. In front of that complex situation the Americans had decided to drop two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two major cities in Japan, killing thousands of people. The Americans hoped by doing that , they will bring the war to an en

When war broke out , there was no way the world could possibly know the severity of this guerre. Fortunately one country saw and understood that Germany and its allies would have to be stopped. America's Involvement in World War two not only contributed in the eventual downfall of the insane Adolph Hitler and his Third Reich, but also came at the precise time and moment. Had the united states entered the war any earlier the consequences might have been worse. Over the years it has bee

The occupation of Japan was, from start to finish, an American operation. General Douglans MacArthur, sole supreme commander of the Allied Power was in charge. The Americans had insufficient men to make a military government of Japan possible; so t hey decided to act through the existing Japanese gobernment. General Mac Arthur became, except in name, dictator of Japan. He imposed his will on Japan. Demilitarization was speedily carried out, demobilization of the former imperial forces was

An obscure village in Poland, sheltered from ideas and industrialization, seemed a safe place to store one?s most precious valuable: a 6-year-old boy. Or so it seemed to the parents who abandoned their only son to protect him from the Nazis in the beginning of Jerzy Kosinski?s provocative 1965 novel The Painted Bird. After his guardian Marta dies and her decaying corpse and hut are accidentally engulfed in flames, the innocent young dark-haired, dark-eyed outcast is obliged to trek

Menschenschreck "If the international financiers in and outside Europe should succeed in plunging the nations once more into a world war, then the result will not be the Bolshevizing of the earth, and thus the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe." - Adolf Hitler- Jan 30, 1939 When the Nazi party came to power in January of 1933, it almost immediately began to take hostile measures toward the Jewish people. The government passed special legislation that e

Benito Mussolini had a large impact on World War II. He wasn't always a powerful dictator though. At first he was a school teacher and a socialist journalist. He later married Rachele Guide and had 5 children. He was the editor of the Avanti, which was a socialist party newspaper in Milan. Benito Mussolini founded the Fasci di Combattimento on March of 1919. "This was a nationalistic, anti liberal, and anti socialist movement. This movement attracted mainly the lower middle class."1 Fasci

The Effect of the North American P-51 Mustang On the Air War in Europe by David Buckingham [email protected] IBH 20th Century History Mr. Peloquin George Mason High School Falls Church, Virginia March 27, 1995 [Unfortunately, we don't have a digitized image of this photo.] [Photo caption] Harry R. Ankeny, Jr., the author's grandfather, with his P-51, "Betsy," (named for the author's grandmother) at the end of his combat tour on August 16, 1944. Abstract This pa

On January 30, 1933, the Nazis acquired mastery of Germany when Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor. That evening Hitler stood triumphantly in the window of the Reich Chancellery waving to thousands of storm troopers who staged parades throughout the streets of Berlin. The Nazis proclaimed that their Third Reich would be the greatest civilization in history and would last for thousands of years. But the meteoric rise of Hitler and national socialism was followed by an almost equally rapi

During the period leading up to World War II, there were two men who were on opposing sides, the men were Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin. These men were each triumphant in their rise to power in their countries and they were very comparable in the ways that they succeeded. Their success was mostly attributed to their new ideas and their politics. Although Hitler and Stalin hated each other, the two leaders were similar in many ways. Hitler and Stalin each rose to the highest position a

ADOLF HITLER 1. THE BEGINNING At half past six on the evening of April 20th, 1889 a child was born in the small town of Branau, Austria. The name of the child was Adolf Hitler. He was the son a Customs official Alois Hitler, and his third wife Klara. As a young boy Adolf attendated church regulary and sang in the local choir. One day he carved a symbol into the bench which resembled the Swastika he later used as the symbol of the Nazi party. He was a pretty good student. He received go

History How, by 1932, had the Nazi Party become the largest Party in the Reichstag? Hitler's Nazi party came to power almost entirely because of accidents. In 1929 the American Stock Market crashed, a powerful symbol of the growing depression. Germany was particularly badly affected, since Germany's economy was partly dependent on Americas prosperity and a large number of loans made by America to Germany were called back and the German economy crashed. Since the German government suffe

Essay on World War 2 War is one of the most tragic things in our world today. It is even sadder that usually it comes around at least once in our lifetime. In the 20th century alone we have already had two huge wars. These wars were call the World Wars simply because they involved most of the big countries of the world. Many people have died in these wars.. especially the second World War. That is my focus for this essay. The leader of Germany at the time of WW2 and the person who m

Many different innovations in military strategy and weaponry effected the outcome of World War II, but none so much as the development of the Atomic Bomb. The law of supply and demand has determined that when people are at war and have the nec The development of the atomic bomb was conceived towards the end of World War II when Allied Forces had already defeated Germany and Italy. Now the Allies, specifically the United States, where looking towards the opposite side of the world to the Paci

CAST OF CHARACTERS Produced by: 20th Century Fox Language: Japanese Genre/keyword: War / wwii Sound Mix: Mono Directed by Richard Fleischer Kinji Fukasaku Toshio Masuda Cast (in credits order) Martin Balsam....Admiral Husband E. Kimmel Soh Yamamura....Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto Joseph Cotten....Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson Tatsuya Mihashi....Commander Genda E.G. Marshall....Lt. Colonel Bratton James Whitmore....Admiral William F. Halsey Eijiro Tono....Admiral Chuichi Nag

After victories at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, America, nearing an end to the war, contemplated invading the Japanese mainland. This invasion would have required a massive amount of troops and equipment. Also the battles would occur on Japanese soil, at Ky Thankfully, this invasion never came about. Covertly, the allied governments, particularly the United States and Great Britain had developed nuclear programs to try to create an atomic bomb, after rumors that the German government was doing the

Hitler's Last Days By Paul Becker Hitler's final days were filled with anger, sadness and turmoil. Hitler decided he would stay in Berlin and die in the bunker. He felt that his top Generals and aids had betrayed him to his enemies in his final days. In mid January Hitler descended into the Fuhrerbunker where he would remain until his death. Hitler had been in Berlin since January 16 after the unsuccessful battle at Ardennes. From here

The Versailles Connection - The Aftermath of WWI as a Catalyst of the Second World War World War Two was a terrible and destructive war. Although many dynamics led to the advent of World War Two, the catalyst of the Second World War was actually the aftermath of the First World War. The First World War's aftermath set the stage for the rise of Hitler. On Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice was signed by the German commanders in the railcar of the French commander, Ferdinand Foch, ending the ac

This paper is a review of J.L. Granatstein's non-fiction book entitled "The Generals." This is one of few books devoted to the scarcely heard of Canadian Generals who served during the second world war. Unfortunately this is the type of book that should only be purchased at a garage sale for a quarter, and then perhaps used to spark a warm fire in a wood fireplace on a cold winter night. The reasoning for this is this book provides little interest to those fascinated by the events that took p

During the winter of 1946-47, the worst in memory, Europe seemed on the verge of collapse. For the victors in World War II, there were no spoils. In London, coal shortages left only enough fuel to heat and light homes for a few hours a day. In Berlin, the vanquished were freezing and starving to death. On the walls of the bombed-out Reichstag, someone scrawled "Blessed are the dead, for their hands do not freeze." European cities were seas of rubble--500 million cubic yards of it in German

On 30th of January 1933 Adolf Hitler, the leader of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi Party) became Chancellor of Germany. Only five years previously his party received just more than 7% of the national vote. By 1932 the Nazi Party received 43% of the national votes. How did such a change in popularity come about for the party? To understand how the rise of Nazism came about, one must look at why the Weimar Republic fell, the German Constitution and Nazi propaganda. The mo

The Versailles Connection - The Aftermath of WWI as a Catalyst of the Second World War Mr. Serra Ms. Walter Spring 1998 Period 11 World War Two was a terrible and destructive war. Although many dynamics led to the advent of World War Two, the catalyst of the Second World War was actually the aftermath of the First World War. The First World War's aftermath set the stage for the rise of Hitler. On Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice was signed by the German commanders in the railcar

Cuban Missile Crisis Research Paper Overview The Cuban Missile Crisis was the closest the world ever came to nuclear war. The United States armed forces were at their highest state of readiness ever, and Soviet field commanders in Cuba were prepared to use battlefield nuclear weapons to defend the island if it was invaded. In 1962, the Soviet Union was desperately behind the United States in the arms race. Soviet missiles were only powerful enough to be launched against Europe but U.S

Atomic Bomb Were the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki necessary to save allied lives and to end Japan's threat to world peace? Did the resulting loss of life cost more than a deadly invasion of the Japanese mainland? In August 1945, the first dropping of atomic bombs in civilian areas of Japan killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Immediately following those bombings, Japan surrendered to the United States. The following essay summarizes the defense of the atomic bomb

Hate and hysteria Author Murray Levin (1977) wrote, AMcCarthyism, in a capitalist society, produces extremism, intolerance, instability, and large scale repression (p.216). He also says that AThe promoters of mass politics raise the question of justice and attempt to play upon generalized resentments steaming from deeper layers of personality. The politics of mass society does not focus on group [email protected] The purpose of these politics is the defense of the ultimate

April 1st Documentary: No Price Too High Essay By Golnar Mazaheripour When I found out that I had to watch a six hour movie on World War II and then write an essay about it, let's just say that I was less than thrilled… This essay was due the day after Easter Monday, and as you would know it, I procrastinated this essay until that Monday. So finally, I got the tape and I inserted it into the VCR and I thought to myself: "There has got to be a better way of

Gonzales 1 Andrew Gonzales Mr.Farlow English 1A October 23, 1997 Violence of a Minority The world was shocked by the video tape showing a black motorist being beaten by white police officers. No one had expected that a jury viewing this tape would find the four police officers to be not guilty of using excessive force against Rodney King. The Los Angeles Police Department was unprepared when the personal shock over the trial outcome turned into angry and violent crowd behavior. Kor

U.S. Army officer George Smith Patton was an outstanding practitioner of mobile tank warfare in the European and Mediterranean theatres during World War II. His strict discipline, toughness, and self-sacrifice elicited pride within his ranks. General Patton was referred to as "Old Blood-and-Guts." In 1909 he graduated from U.S military academy at West Point, New York. He began his army career as a cavalry lieutenant and After serving with the U.S. Tank Corps in World War I, Patton became a vigor

Leadership is a position that many people strive for, and spend a great deal of time working toward. Adolf Hitler was one of the most influential people of all time. Adolf Hitler rose to be one of the most successful leaders in history, despite an insecure and unstable early life. He did this through his ability to captivate crowds, his strong personality, experiences with his father, his strong character, and the extensive use of propaganda. Emotions or feelings that a pers

When examined closely, the Dieppe raid can be seen for what it truly was- a politically motivated disaster which, due to poor planning and over zealous British leadership, sacrificed needlessly the lives of Canadians for no practical reason at all. In reality, the Canadians who died at Dieppe had no real chance at victory and the British high command knew it, but preferred to martyr the men, rather than look bad in the eyes of their Russian and American allies. As such, Dieppe should not

The Versailles Connection - The Aftermath of WWI as a Catalyst of the Second World War World War Two was a terrible and destructive war. Although many dynamics led to the advent of World War Two, the catalyst of the Second World War was actually the aftermath of the First World War. The First World War's aftermath set the stage for the rise of Hitler. On Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice was signed by the German commanders in the railcar of the French commander, Ferdinand Foch, ending the ac

The DDAY Invasion: The Turning Point of WWII June 6th 1944 will be remembered forever in the history annals as DDAY. In army jargon, DDAY stands for the 'day' of an invasion just as HHOUR means the precise 'hour' an invasion will take place. These code signals are very commonly used in the military but the real DDAY is far from common; there will always be only one DDAY in the minds of the general public. What made DDAY so special? Why was this particular invasion considered the turning

The Holocaust is defined as "The deliberate killing of millions of Jewish people by Nazis during World War II" (Macmillan pg. 636 "Holocaust"). It was started by Adolph Hitler because he wanted to create a "super race" of only healthy Germans. Jews, Slavs, Roma, Jehovah's Witnesses, Czechs, Poles and Communists were killed. Even sick, crippled, or old Germans were killed. When World War II began in September 1939, the German army was in the western half of Poland, and that added almost

The atomic bomb was developed in numerous places, however the bulk of it was created in Los Alomos. Los Alomos is a small town in New Mexico. Before the research began, there stood a small all-boys Catholic school. After months of low flying planes, armed marine surveillance and many interrogations about the area, the school received a notice that said the school would be knocked down for government use. Two months after the destruction of the school, there stood a huge top-secret research fa

When war broke out, there was no way the world could possibly know the levels of severity that the war would escalate also. Fortunately one country saw and understood that Germany and its allies would have to be stopped. America's involvement in World War 2 not only contributed in the eventual downfall of the insane Adolph Hitler and his Third Reich, but had also came at the precise time and moment. Had the United States entered the war any later the consequences might have been worse. Over t

The Conflict In Vietnam The Vietnam conflict began in the late nineteenth century. The French conquered Vietnam and made it a protectorate. For nearly forty years, Vietnam had not experienced settled peace. The League for the Independence of Vietnam ( Viet Minh ) was formed in 1941, seeking independence from the French. On September 2nd,1945, Ho Chi Minh proclaimed it independent of France. The French opposed their independence from 1945 to 1954. The first representatives of de Gualle's governm

The rise of Adolf Hitler started when he was 25 years old. In that year he enlisted as a soldier in World War I. Hitler was a brave, loyal, and lucky soldier. His first battle was near Ypres; fighting the British and Belgians. In this battle 2,500 of the 3,000 men in Hitler's regiment were killed, wounded, or missing. Hitler survived without injury. More than once, he moved away from the spot were moments later a shell exploded killing or wounding many. Hitler was also eager for action. He w

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