The Battle Of The Bulge Essay

754 Words Mar 14th, 2016 4 Pages
In 1945, Allied triumph was inevitable. Hitler momentarily pushed the Allies back into France with a surprise counterattack that made a giant bulge in the Allied lines. The Battle of the Bulge was the single largest battle ever fought by the U.S. Army and inflicted 70,000 American casualties. However, the German assault failed. By March, American troops had made its way into Germany. Hitler committed suicide, then Soviet troops took Berlin and on May 8 the war against Germany came to its conclusion. After taking back the Philippines and Guam in 1944, U.S. forces located in the Pacific made its way closer to Japan. In the 1944 presidential election, Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term. However, on April 12, 1945, he died before the Allies could secure victory. Truman, his successor, had to make the choice whether to use the atomic bomb against Japan or not. This bomb was known as “the most terrible weapon ever known in human history.” The bomb was made of man-made plutonium to create an atomic reaction that would result in enormous power. Einstein warned Roosevelt that the Nazis were trying to construct an atomic weapon and persuaded Roosevelt to match them. FDR then established the Manhattan Project, a top-secret program in which scientists developed an atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, a U.S. plane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan and killed 70,000 people, 140,000 more died from radiation by the end of 1945 and thousands more died in the following five…

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