The Importance Of War During World War II
The United States tried to remain neutral in all of the conflicts that was occurring within Germany, Japan, and Italy. “The United States had entangled itself in China and entered a long-term rivalry with Japan for power in the Pacific, a competition that would culminated …show more content…
Despite this, “Roosevelt hesitated to declare war and insisted that the United States would defend itself only against a direct attack” (Henretta et al., 2015, p. 700). He know however that a war was inevitable. “The crucial provocation came not from Germany but from Japan” (Henretta et al., 2015, p. 701). The United States tried restricting trade with Japan in hopes it would deter their aggression. He froze their assets and stopped all United States trade. These sanctions did not deter aggression, as hoped, but only fueled aggression. The US knew Japan was planning an attack however they did not know where it would occur.
The attack occurred on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941. Japanese bombers attacked Pearl Harbor. The attack killed more than 2,400 Americans and destroyed battleships, cruiser, and destroyers. The also destroyed about 200 airplanes. The attack on Pearl Harbor devastated Americans but ultimately united them. They no longer could remain neutral in conflict and after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States, asked Congress for a declaration of war against Japan. Shortly after this, Germany and Italy declared war in the United States.
The invasion of France occurred on June 6, 1944. This invasion is known as D-Day. The largest armada assembled moved across the English Channel under the command of General Eisenhower. As noted in Henretta et al.,