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- Describe the events that marked the start of World War II.
- Learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor.
- Discuss the European and Pacific Ocean theaters of WWII.
- Understand the attitudes behind the Holocaust.
- List the effects of WWII in the US.
- Take a look at the D-Day invasion.
- Explain how the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed the war.
- Discuss the Yalta and Potsdam conferences.
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 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. The United States During WWII: The Home Front
When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, life changed almost overnight for those on the battle front and on the home front. Learn about the war's dramatic and lasting effects on American government, economy and society.
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. 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.
9. 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.
10. Armistice Day in WWI: Definition & Facts
Armistice Day is commemorated globally by various nations to honor the fallen in World War I. Read more about how this agreement was reached, and how it helped lead to the Treaty of Versailles.
11. Women's Army Corps: History & Definition
Discover the contributions of the Women's Army Corps in U.S. military history and observe the accomplishments of these women who served their country proudly. Afterwards, take a short quiz to see what you have learned!
12. Anti-Japanese Propaganda & Poster During World War II
During World War II there was a massive anti-Japanese propaganda campaign in the U.S. Rooted in both fear and nationalism, this propaganda defined Americans' perception of the Japanese. Discover more about this chapter of American history, and then take a short quiz following the lesson.
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