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- Discuss the events that led to WWII.
- Explain how France was defeated in WWII.
- Learn about the Battle Over Britain.
- Describe Hitler's goals in WWII.
- Discuss the Holocaust.
- Learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the beginning of America's involvement in the war.
- Understand how the D-Day invasion led to Germany's surrender.
- Discuss Japan's early advances.
- Learn about the dropping of atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- Take a look at the multi-national conferences behind the scenes of WWII.
- Describe the state of the world in the years following WWII.
1. World War II: The Start of the Second World War
Learn all about the start of World War II and why the League of Nations could not stop aggression by Italy, Germany and Japan in the 1930s, which led to the outbreak of this second global conflict.
2. The Fall of France during WWII: Strategies & Defeat
In this lesson, we explore the French defenses, the subsequent German invasion, and the disastrous consequences for France during WWII and its four-year occupation by Germany.
3. Germany vs Great Britain: Appeasement & the Battle Over Britain
In this lesson, we examine Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement in regards to Hitler's Germany prior to World War II and the ensuing Battle of Britain in 1940.
4. Hitler's Military Strategy & Goals in World War II
In this lesson, we explore the motives of Adolph Hitler, Germany's fascist dictator of the 1930s, and the military strategies he employed that led to early victories but culminated in total defeat.
5. The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany
The Holocaust was the persecution and mass murder of as many as 11 million people by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. Learn about the people they targeted, the progression of events leading up to the Final Solution and the end of the genocide in this lesson.
6. The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II
On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack against Allied possessions in the Pacific, including the American military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After decades of conflict between the two nations, the U.S. declared war.
7. The D-Day Invasion: The Beginning of the End of Nazi Germany
Operation Overlord, the invasion of Nazi-occupied Western Europe, began with the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, with Hitler's last stand taking place at the Battle of the Bulge. Learn about these and other events that contributed to the end of Nazi Germany.
8. The Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII: Japan vs. The Allies
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States entered WWII. Watch this video to learn about some of the key battles, as well as the general nature, of the Pacific theater of the war.
9. Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWII
As America and its WWII allies considered invading Japan, the Manhattan Project successfully developed an atomic weapon. Its use on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, precipitated VJ Day, the end of the Pacific war, on August 14, 1945.
10. The European Theater in WWII: The Eastern Front, Western Front & Fight for North Africa
Hitler and Nazi Germany dominated the European fields of battle early in WWII. This lesson is an overview of key military operations between 1939 and 1943 in Europe on both the Eastern and Western fronts.
11. The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II
Throughout the course of WWII, leaders of many Allied nations met many times to discuss strategy. Then, near the end of the war, two historic conferences shaped the post-war world.
12. The Aftermath of WWII
In this lesson, we explore the economic and political realities which emerged in Europe immediately after the end of World War II and the steps countries took to confront them.
13. Blitzkrieg During WWII: Definition, Facts & Warfare Strategy
The following lesson will cover the German war tactic known as blitzkrieg, which was used with great success in World War II. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
14. Joseph Stalin: Biography, Facts & Timeline
Joseph Stalin is a man who defines the phrase cult of personality. He killed millions of his own people, enslaved millions more in a prison system set up in the middle of nowhere while ruling with an iron fist.
15. General George S. Patton: Quotes & Biography
One of the greatest military men in American history was General George S. Patton. This lesson will provide you with a few of his famous quotes and, thus, thoughts on life, as well as a brief biography of the man himself.
16. What is V-E Day? - Definition & Facts
This lesson presents the details of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day, which successfully ended the hostilities in Europe in the Second World War. It also discusses the primary individuals and issues involved in making this a reality.
17. Issei and Nisei: Definition & WW2
Imagine being taken from your home and forced to live somewhere else. This was a reality for over 100,000 Japanese living in the United States during World War II. Let's learn about the Issei and the Nisei and their plight during the war.
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