The War for Europe and North Africa Essay

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The War for Europe and North Africa MAIN IDEA Allied forces, led by the United States and Great Britain, battled Axis powers for control of Europe and North Africa. WHY IT MATTERS NOW During World War II, the United States assumed a leading role in world affairs that continues today. Terms & Names •Dwight D. Eisenhower •D-Day •Omar Bradley •George Patton •Battle of the Bulge •V-E Day •Harry S. Truman One American's Story It was 1951, and John Patrick McGrath was finishing his second year in drama school. His acting class final exam was to perform a death scene. He knew his lines perfectly. But as he began the final farewell, he broke out in a sweat and bolted off the stage. Suddenly he had a flashback to the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. Three German tanks were spraying his platoon with machine-gun fire. CALIFORNIA STANDARDS 11.7.2 Explain U.S. and Allied wartime strategy, including the major battles of Midway, Normandy, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and the Battle of the Bulge. 11.7.3 Identify the roles and sacrifices of individual American soldiers, as well as the unique contributions of the special fighting forces (e.g., the Tuskegee Airmen, the 442nd Regimental Combat team, the Navajo Code Talkers). 11.10.1 Explain how demands of African Americans helped produce a stimulus for civil rights, including President Roosevelt’s ban on racial discrimination in defense industries in 1941, and how African Americans’ service in World War II produced a stimulus for President Truman’s decision to end segregation in the armed forces in 1948. REP 4 Students construct and test hypotheses; collect, evaluate, and employ information from multiple primary and secondary sources; and apply it in oral and written presentations. HI 2 Students recognize the complexity of historical causes and effects, including the limitations on determining cause and effect. HI 3 Students interpret past events

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