Technology and the kinds of savage warfare conducted by the American and enemy forces during World War II both played a crucial role in determining the outcome of the war. The war began with most armies utilizing technology that had changed little from World War I, and in some cases, had remained unchanged since the 19th century. The war began with cavalry, trenches, and World War I-era battleships, but within only six years, armies around the world had developed jet aircraft, ballistic missiles, and even atomic weapons by one. The best jet fighters at the end of the war easily outflew any of the leading aircraft of 1929, such as the Spitfire Mark I. The early war bombers that caused such carnage would almost all have been shot down in 1945,
The Battle of Britain was the first major battle to be entirely fought by air forces. The difficulties in determining the start and finish dates, was Britain running out of planes and pilots? Just how badly was Fighter Command outnumbered? Did Goering really make a dramatic
They did this so they could take control of the RAF (Royal Air Force) this was a tactic used by the Germans but failed. The British won. A story by Geoffrey Welham when he flew a spitfire for the first time fighting against thee Germans:- “I did about 158 hours of training for the army. I was taken straight out of training and in the fount line flying a spitfire against the Germans. It concentrated the mind a little bit.
One of his missions was the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Lt. McDaniel was a member of the 325th Fighter Group, the “Checkertail Clan.” One of his missions was to destroy 5 German aircrafts to become an ACE in one single day. Without these men, and many others, sharing their missions, the history of WWII would not be the
By the time the United States entered World War II in the early 1940's, the military had undergone several technological advancements in many different areas of the army. The grenade was introduced, which aided the troops of the frontline in close combat as it created a small explosion able to kill small numbers of enemies in one throw. Machine guns such as the Thomson M1 or the “Tommy gun” fired up to 700 rounds per minute. Rifles such as the M1 Garand were one of the first gas operated semi-automatic infantry weapons used on the frontlines. Heavy machine guns were introduced that aided in powerful superiority for frontline combat such as the M1919 which fired over 500 rounds per minute and required a 250-round belt magazine and a team of two soldiers to operate.
Finally, it helped Americans come together and realize that every person in America was affected by the attack. To begin with, the leader of Al Qaudea, Osama Bin Laden, sent terrorists to bomb the Twin Towers to try and tear our nation apart, but all he did was make us closer and even more powerful. He sent his people to take flying lessons in Florida in order to fly the plane into the towers and the Pentagon. Their plan was to bomb the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and White House, but they failed to complete their mission. Instead they only succeeded in the Twin Tower destruction, because the Pentagon was still standing, and the last plane crashed in a field in Pensylvannia.
Near Failure at Nagasaki Near Failure at Nagasaki Facts: * The second bomb was dropped on August 9th, 1945; moved up from August 11th due to bad weather. * The bomb, Fat Man, was the only one atomic bomb left in the U.S. arsenal and was a more complex bomb than “Little Boy”. It was a plutonium bomb that required extra care. * Japan thought U.S. had unlimited supply. * Bockscar was the plane that carried the bomb for the mission.
Their main objectives were to secure the borders of the landing zones and take over strategic locations that would aid in the seaborn approach. To attack Pegasus bridge, Major John Howard and his forces flew gliders with little navigational aid in the night. This offensive proved successful and the Allies quickly overpowered the Germans. The Allies ran into some difficulties because of the heavy aircraft fire; planes went off-course and were forced to drop soldiers far from the intended site. The Allies also suffered huge casualties however the Allies were able to improvise with the little weaponry they had and take the gun batteries, ensuring that Sword Beach was free from German
They hoped the Luftwaffe (the German air force) could smash morale, radar installations and air power before they could sail there troops across the channel to gain control. The battle was a build up from the 10th of July to the 31st of October 1940. During this time, daily bombings were occurring from the Luftwaffe directed at the RAF to destroy them so that they safely sail troops across but Britain was putting up a fight. Taking over the air, the Germans would have had more chance in gaining power over Britain so they were trying hard to destroy the RAF. By June, the RAF had rebuilt it’s fighter force back up to about 660 serviceable fighter planes because most of them were destroyed before the battle when the Nazi’s pushed across Europe in 1939-1940.
The 332nd developed a reputation for protecting its bombers. The Germans called the 332nd “Schwartze Vogrl Menshen” ( black birdmen ) and began to fear seeing the distinctive red tails of the Tuskegee Airmen's P-47 Thunderbolts. On March 24th, 1945, the 332nd Fighter Group received a Distinguished Unit Citation after flying with the 15th Air Force on the longest mission they had ever flown. On this mission, the 332nd downed three Messerschmitt Me-262 jet