U.S At War

Outbreak of the War

Historians traditionally view Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939, and the declarations of war upon Germany from France and Britain, as the beginning of World War II. The war forced the world into two opposing military alliances: the allies and the axis. The allies consisted mainly of Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and the US later in the war. The axis powers consisted mainly of Germany, Italy, and Japan.

Course of the War

By 1941, Axis advances throughout Europe brought almost all of Western Europe under Hitler and Musolinnis control. Axis powers in Japan attacked the US naval bases at Pearl Harbor in December of 1941.The following year would see an end to the Axis advances and forced them into tactical retreat across Europe and the pacific. 1942 was the beginning of the end and was capped off in February of '43 with the decisive Soviet victory at Stalingrad. The massive battle that had raged on for 5 months had taken an estimated 2 million lives, 1.2 million of the Soviets, crippled the German army and marked a turning point in the war.

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