World War II: The Battle Of The Bulge

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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 …show more content…
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 years. A few days later, the U.S dropped another bomb on Nagasaki that killed 70,000 people. That same day, the Soviet Union sought war on Japan and invaded Manchuria; Japan surrendered. Japanese forces resisted against America’s advance in the Pacific.Truman’s advisers warned him that an invasion of Japan at this time would cost the lives of 250,000 or more of their troops. However, the U.S. did not plan to invade until 1946. The use of the atomic bomb was an ending point to the way that World War II was fought. This way of war cost millions of civilian lives. Compared to World War I, in which 90 percent of deaths were military personnel, in World War II, 20 million of the 50 million who died were

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