World War Ii Essay

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Liliana De Leon Abril Cabrera Veronika Castillo Gelsey Jaramillo World War II U.S. Involvement prior to entering WWII * Cash and Carry was added to the Neutrality Act of 1937 allowing the U.S. to sell materials to European forces willing to pay up front and to provide transport. * In September 1940, the U.S. signed the Destroyers for Bases agreement with the United Kingdom, and exchanged 50 naval destroyers for rights on lands Britain previously owned. * The Lend-Lease Act allowed the U.S. to supply the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, China, France and other Allied nations with materials between 1941 and 1945. * On April 10th, the first U.S. combat against Germany occurs. The USS Niblack destroyer fired at a German U-boat, violating the U.S. security zone. Pearl Harbor: * The U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor and the supporting army forts and airfields grew in strategic importance during the 1930s as diplomatic relation with Japan deteriorated * Commander Minoru Genda to develop the plan to destroy the U.S. fleet and give Japan time to conquer the Philippine island, Malaya, and Dutch East Indies * Six aircraft carrying 400 torpedo bombers, dive-bombers, and zero fighters * The U.S. Army and Navy Intelligence Services had broken the Japanese diplomatic code and messages had been sent to both commanders that the Japanese might be planning offensive military operations in the Pacific * No warning specifically indicated that the American forces in Hawaii were a target * The assault killed 2,400 people and destroyed 300 aircrafts and 18 ships * This had provoked the U.S. to enter into WWII * At the airfields, 164 planes were destroyed and 128 damaged * Among American sailors, Marines, and soldiers; casualties were 2,335 killed, along with 68 civilians and 1,178 people wounded * The day after the

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