World War II Essays & Term Papers

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Rise of the Superpowers (USA & USSR) from events prior to and during WWII World War II: the process of superpowerdom It is often wondered how the superpowers achieved their position of dominance. It seems that the maturing of the two superpowers, Russia and the United States, can be traced to World War II. To be a

Was the Atomic Bomb Really Necessary World War II "I have to decide Japanese strategy-shall we invade Japan proper or shall we bomb and blockade? That is my hardest decision to date. But I'll make it when I have all the facts."-Harry S. Truman Many questions have arisen dealing with the need for the atomic bomb since it was twice used in 1945 to end World War II on the Pacific Front. Did it save lives when compared to an all out invasion, or could it have been a statement to Russia in an e

Hiroshima is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture, southwestern Honshu, Japan. Hiroshima has warm, humid summers with July temperatures. Hiroshima caught the attention of the world when a U.S. plane dropped the first atomic bomb on the City, destroying it on August 6,1945. The Atomic bomb blast in 1945 obliterated three- fifths of the city within seconds and killed about 75,000 people. At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the mourning, on August 6, 1945 Japanese time, at the mom

Hitler's Final Solution In the Second World War, Adolph Hitler, the leader of the Nazi regime, had many problems to deal with. To handle the largest of these problems, he came up with his infamous Final Solution. What was his Final Solution, and which problem was it an attempt to solve? Moreover, how did he carry this solution out? Throughout time, humans have murdered each other in the worst ways imaginable. The most horrifying type of murder is genocide: the complete extermination of an en

Adolf Hitler was a German political and government leader and one of the 20th century most powerful dictators. Making anti-Semitism a keystone of his propaganda and policies, he built up the Nazi party into a mass movement. Once in power, he converted Germany into a fully militarized society and launched WWII. For a time he dominated Europe and North Africa. He caused the slaughter of millions of Jews, and others considered inferior human being. Hitler was born in braunauam Inn, Austria, on Ap

The Holocaust The Holocaust was the effort of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany to exterminate the Jews and other people that they considered to be inferior. As a result about 12,000,000 people - about half of them Jews - were murdered. The murders were done by every means imaginable but most of the victims perished as a result of shooting, starvation, disease, and poison gas. Others were tortured to death or died in horrible medical experiments. Hitler took power in Germany in

The Survivors of the Holocaust: General Survey Because the traumatization of the Holocaust was both individual and collective, most individuals made efforts to create a "new family" to replace the nuclear family that had been lost. In order for the victims to resist dehumanization and regression and to find support, the members of such groups shared stories about the past, fantasies of the future and joint prayers as well as poetry and expressions of personal and general human aspi

The essay, On Nation and Race, by Adolph Hitler poses a contention that, with an open mind, would seem like it posed some strong arguments; however, after closer inspection, the weight of the argument relies heavily on a false analogy. A false analogy is one of the many common fallacies found in everyday comments and opinions. Hitler hoped that by presenting a commonly known fact to his readers and comparing it to something that seemed related to it, that the one could give evidence for the ot

Hitler attempted to cover up the fact that he had no original philosophies or solutions for Germany by portraying himself as a hero with anti-Semitic propaganda. His philosophies on economics, religion and education were not his own new ideas, just recycled ideas to either help bring him into power or improve the military. Although Hitler's main ideas were about race and the state, the anti-Semitism that is part of racism also pertains to religion, and the economic and educational philosophie

America's involvement in WWII Essay submitted by Unknown When war broke out , there was no way the world could possibly know the severity of this guerre. Fortunately one country saw and understood that Germany and its allies would have to be stopped. America's Involvement in World War two not only contributed in the eventual downfall of the insane Adolph Hitler and his Third Reich, but also came at the precise time and moment. Had the unite

Anne Frank Essay submitted by Unknown Anne Frank lived with her family in a pleasant house. For Anne and her sister, Margot, their early childhood was a sucure place inhabited by loving parents, relatives and nurses. However, the Nazis had gained power in some parts of Germany. The Nazis wanted all Jews to be killed. Otto Frank, Anne's father, did not hestitate to wait for the Nazis to come into full power. In 1933, the Franks left Frankfort. Mrs.

Attack on Poland Essay submitted by Unknown At daybreak on the first day of September, 1939, the residents of Poland awakened to grave news. A juggernaut force of tanks, guns, and countless grey-clad soldiers from nearby Germany had torn across the countryside and were making a total invasion of the Pole's homelands. Germany's actions on that fateful morning ignited a conflict that would spread like a wildfire, engulfing the entire globe in a great wor

Battle of the Buldge Essay submitted by Anonymous The Battle of the Buldge was the last of the German attacks. It lasted from December 16,1944 to January 28, 1945. The Battle of the Buldge was the largest land battle of World War 2. More then a million men participated in this battle, 600,000 germans, 500,000 Americans and 55,000 British armies were fighting. Towards the end of 1944, World War 2 was coming to an end. The German forces were weakening. Hi

Benito Mussolini's Rise and Fall to Power Essay submitted by Unknown Benito Mussolini had a large impact on World War II. He wasn't always a powerful dictator though. At first he was a school teacher and a socialist journalist. He later married Rachele Guide and had 5 children. He was the editor of the Avanti, which was a socialist party newspaper in Milan. Benito Mussolini founded the Fasci di Combattimento on March of 1919. "This was a nationa

Historical Analysis of 'The Painted Bird' Essay submitted by Unknown An obscure village in Poland, sheltered from ideas and industrialization, seemed a safe place to store one's most precious valuable: a 6-year-old boy. Or so it seemed to the parents who abandoned their only son to protect him from the Nazis in the beginning of Jerzy Kosinski's provocative 1965 novel The Painted Bird. After his guardian Marta dies and her decaying corpse and hut are ac

Holocaust Essay submitted by I've thought, and thought about resistance in the Holocaust and I've come to this realization: No words or poem or detailed description can describe the level of terror and oppression that took place. I am simply going to try my best to understand a fraction of the pain that many people went through, and the lessons we can learn from what happened. If the people that died in the Holocaust had one thing t

How the Nazi Party become the Largest Party in the Reichstag Essay submitted by Unknown Hitler's Nazi party came to power almost entirely because of accidents. In 1929 the American Stock Market crashed, a powerful symbol of the growing depression. Germany was particularly badly affected, since Germany's economy was partly dependent on Americas prosperity and a large number of loans made by America to Germany were called

Japanese Internment Camps Essay submitted by Unknown On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D.Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which called for the eviction and internment of all Japanese Americans. After Pearl Harbor, all Japanese were looked upon as being capable of sabotage. The interments began in April 1942. The Japanese-Americans were transported on buses and trains to camps in California, Utah, Arizona and other states. They were always

Leaders of World War II Essay submitted by Unknown In the ancient world, the only way a person could become famous through out the world was to be some sort of king, master warlord, or a descendent of a holy entity. Monarchies, that last lasted long enough, kept the memories of their former leaders alive, conquered peoples never forgot the names of their conquerors, and religions have a knack for constantly worshiping the same divine prophets. Some rem

Origins of World War II - Book Review Essay submitted by scott World War II was much more than battles, statistics, politics, and opinions. The things that contributed to its beginning, what happened during the war, and the effects of the war are still being debated and discussed. Patrick Finney assembles some of the best writings for a number of subjects relating to World War II. First the reader is introduced to the basic views, where they originat

The effects of the P-51 Mustang in World War II Essay submitted by Unknown Abstract This paper deals with the contributions of the P-51 Mustang to the eventual victory of the Allies in Europe during World War II. It describes the war scene in Europe before the P-51 was introduced, traces the development of the fighter, its advantages, and the abilities it was able to contribute to the Allies' arsenal. It concludes with the effect that the P-51 had o

The Holocaust Essay submitted by Lauren Folwell The Holocaust was the extermination of the Jews and other people whom Hitler considered inferior. It took place from 1933 to 1945. Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany led this effort. About 12 million people were murdered, half of them being Jews. When Hitler took over control of Germany, everything changed. Hitler had a very strong prejudice against the Jews. He wanted to create the perfect race of

The Holocaust Essay submitted by Unknown For twelve years following 1933 the Jews were persecuted by the Nazi's. Jewish businesses were boycotted and vandalized. By 1939, Jews were no longer citizens,could not attend public schools,engage in practically any business or profession, own any land, associate with any non-Jew or visit public places such as parks and museums. The victories of the German armies in the early years of World War II brought th

The Holocaust Essay submitted by Unknown Of all the examples of injustice against humanity in history, the Jewish Holocaust has to be one of the most prominent. In the period of 1933 to 1945, the Nazis waged a vicious war against Jews and other "lesser races". This war came to a head with the "Final Solution" in 1938. One of the end results of the Final Solution was the horrible concentration and death camps of Germany, Poland, and other parts of Nazi-

The Holocaust and Aushwitz Essay submitted by Anonymous INTRODUCTION The Holocaust is the most horrifying crime against humanity of all times. "Hitler, in an attempt to establish the pure Aryan race, decided that all mentally ill, gypsies, non supporters of Nazism, and Jews were to be eliminated from the German population.He proceeded to reach his goal in a systematic scheme." One of his main methods of "doing away" with these "undesirable" was throu

The Hydrogen Bomb Essay submitted by Anonymous Thesis Statement The hydrogen bomb is a nuclear weapon in which light atomic nuclei of hydrogen are joined together in an uncontrolled nuclear fusion reaction to release tremendous amounts of energy. The hydrogen bomb is about a thousand times as powerful as the atomic bomb, which produces a nuclear fission explosion about a million times more powerful than comparably sized bombs using conventional high

The Occupation of Japan Essay submitted by Unknown The occupation of Japan was, from start to finish, an American operation. General Douglans MacArthur, sole supreme commander of the Allied Power was in charge. The Americans had insufficient men to make a military government of Japan possible; so t hey decided to act through the existing Japanese gobernment. General Mac Arthur became, except in name, dictator of Japan. He imposed his will on Japan.

The Psychological Affects of the Holocaust Essay submitted by Unknown The Holocaust was a tragic point in history which many people believe never happened. Others who survived it thought it should never have been. Not only did this affect the people who lived through it, it also affected everyone who was connected to those fortunate individuals who survived. The survivors were lucky to have made it but there are times when their memories and flashbacks

The Story Behind the Nazi Gold Nazi Gold: Hard currency looted from treasuries of countries occupied by the Axis powers during World War II. Ingots consisting of gold melted down from the teeth of murder victims and weddings bands and jewelry. About two thirds of an estimated $660 million ($7.8 billion in today's dollars) in stolen Nazi gold passed through Switzerland during the war. And like any sharp businessmen with hot goods, the Swiss disposed of much of their gold qu

The Sudetenland Essay submitted by Unknown On January 30, 1933, the Nazis acquired mastery of Germany when Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor. That evening Hitler stood triumphantly in the window of the Reich Chancellery waving to thousands of storm troopers who staged parades throughout the streets of Berlin. The Nazis proclaimed that their Third Reich would be the greatest civilization in history and would last for thousands of years. But the mete

The Versailles Treaty Essay submitted by Anonymous The Treaty of Versailles was intended to be a peace agreement between the Allies and the Germans. Versailles created political discontent and economic chaos 1in Germany. The Peace Treaty of Versailles represented the results of hostility and revenge and opened the door for a dictator and World War II. November 11, 1918 marked the end of the first World War. Germany had surrendered and signed an arm

US Supplies in WWII Essay submitted by Jill Dion Some people say that the most devastating war in the history of the world has been World War II. First of all, what is a war? Webster's Dictionary says that the definition of war is an armed contest between states or nations any contest or strife, such as a war of words. As one can see, World War II was a contest between states or nations. It began with a simple little conflict in Europe in 1939. This c

World War II Essay submitted by Tom V. After gaining power, Hitler aggresively built up the German military and in 1936, occupied the Rhineland, a formerly German area designated as a buffer zone to protect France.Britain and France were preoccupied with Italy's invasion of Ethiopia and made little protest. By 1938, Germany had the most powerful military force in the world. In that same year, Hitler demanded and was given the Sudetanland in Czec

WW2: The process of superpowerdom Essay submitted by Unknown It is often wondered how the superpowers achieved their position of dominance. It seems that the maturing of the two superpowers, Russia and the United States, can be traced to World War II. To be a superpower, a nation needs to have a strong economy, an overpowering military, immense international political power and, related to this, a strong national ideology. It was this war, and its resu

You are driving along, you stop at a red light, you are probably thinking about what you will have for dinner, but while Dr. Leo Szilard was stopped at a red light he came up with an idea that would destroy two cities, kill hundreds of thousands of people, shock the world and make history - the atomic bomb. One hundred thousand people worked to build the atomic bomb, it killed over 130,000 people in one day at Hiroshima. Dr. Leo Szilard gave birth in his mind to the atomic bomb while sittin

ADOLF HITLER Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 in a small inn in Austria. His father was a customs officer until he retired to become a farmer and beekeeper. Adolf spent his early years in provincial towns. He was subject to much abuse from his father because he defiantly refused to become part of the customs service and be "stuck in a stool his whole life filling out forms." He had aspirations of becoming a famous artist, and did not want to become a simple "prole" as he saw his fa

Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler was an evil man who was a strong leader and had an almost hypnotic power over his followers. Although he was a patriot and did some good things for his country, the evil he inflicted on others by far outweighs his accomplishments. In my report I will tell how the stage was set for him, how he rose to power and the death and destruction he caused because of his hatred toward the Jews. Adolf Hitler was born at 6:30 P.M. on April 20, 1889 in the

World War two officially started in September 3 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. The Western Democracies of Britain and France allied and declared war on Germany when Poland was attacked. This was the immediate cause of the war. Britain and France formed an appeasement policy with Hitler not to take over any more land after the Nazi's annexed the Sudatenland. When Hitler broke his promise Britain and France realized that the Nazis could be a threat to all of Europe. Other direct causes wer

The Rise of Nazism A multitude of different factors contributed to the rise of Fascism within the period of post-World War 1 Germany. As Adolf Hitler was the perpetrator and mastermind behind much of the rise of Fascism in Germany, factors which contributed to his opinions and ideals must obligatorily be looked at in this topic. His failed attempted career in art, the death of his mother, his homelessness in Vienna; all of these circumstances and more contributed to his Fascist ideals, and th

Stalin, Mussolini, and Hitler Essay Three madmen that ruled during the World War II era were Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, and Adolf Hitler. All three used power to do terrible things. They tortured, falsely imprisoned, and even killed people that disagreed with their policies and citizens that they didn't like. They were also power hungry and tried to take over more lands. Many of these attempts led up to the war. Joseph Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union in the early twen

The Attack on Pearl Harbor On December 7, 1941 one of the worst attacks ever on the United States occurred. More than 3,000 people lost their lives or were injured that morning, and the attack propelled us into war against the Axis Alliance. Through the misjudgement of numerous U.S. armed forces personnel, the Japanese were able to carry out this terrible attack, which crippled the United States' Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In 1887, the United States government obtained exclusiv

DENYING 6 MILLION: THE ASSAULT ON THE TRUTHS OF THE HOLOCAUST "They came for the communists, and I did not speak up because I wasn't a communist; They came for the socialists, and I did not speak up because I was not a socialist; They came for the union leaders, and I did not speak up because I wasn't a union leader; They came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up for me." -Martin Niemoller, 1

The Atomic Bombs of World War 2 Ryan Borek World War II was a war no one expected to be as gruesome and painful as it was. The actions performed during the war were of such magnitude that those who survived were torn for their lives, their children suffering much the same effect, as the ripples of time crashed down upon the shoulders of the men and women forced into a battle for their futures, as well as millions of others. The unfair burdens pressed down on the unwilling participants of thi

WORLD WAR II The most devastating war in history with lives lost and material destruction was World War II. The war began in 1930 as a European conflict between Germany and an Anglo-French coalition, which soon included many of other nations, and finally met its end in 1945. It left a New World Order dominated by United States and the USSR. It involved nations entire human, economic resources, and the industrial capacity. The cause of World War II were the disagreements of a policy in the postw

The invention of radar, "radio detection and ranging" was a long discontinuous process, conducted by various scientists and engineers over the span of many years in different countries. Tests conducted independently by researchers determined many of the important properties of radar. These experimental results, combined with the need for national defense in wartime, spurred the development of a technology capable of seeing through dark clouds in the dead of night and reporting the presence of

Life has never been this hard. Sitting in a cattle car, don't know where you're going. You have ideas, you've heard stories, but you don't really know. No food, no water, shivering. Everyone is quiet, some are sleeping, some are crying. It's been a long ride, and I am weak, but I can feel the train slow down. Some men start waking others up, one is not waking. He was wounded earlier in the battle for our capital. Most of us knew this young boy would not survive, but we were hoping.

At the end of The First World War, Europe was in economic, political and social peril. Many people believed that the War had been unnecessary. Thousands of families had lost husbands, fathers or sons and the war seemed more of a loss than a gain. Following the war, appeasement, the policy of settling international quarrels by admitting and satisfying grievances through rational negotiation and compromise, became popular amongst nations and there were many reasons why the policy could be just

The Nuremberg Trials War crimes, in practice, are offenses charged against the losers of the war by victor. During WW II there were three types of war crimes were committed by Germany. The first: crimes against peace, which included preparing for and starting a war of aggression in violation of treaties. The second: murder, ill treatment, the killing of hostages; plunder of public or private property; the destruction of cities and towns. The third: crimes against humanity, whi

The Manhattan Project The Manhattan Project was born into a "World in Crisis" (Snyder, 356). The terrible Adolf Hitler had come to power in Germany, and Italian armies sought control in Europe. "In the summer of 1939 war broke out in Europe. Within a year German and Italian armies controlled a large part of the continent[Europe]" (Killingray, 6). Japanese forces were also fighting to attain control in the large continent of Asia. In 1938, Enrico Fermi, a German scientist, discovered nucl

IF HITLER ASKED YOU TO ELECTROCUTE A STRANGER, WOULD YOU? Firstly, let’s take a moment to look as Adolf Hitler. To some, he was a great leader, but to others he was a murdered. Hitler was the leader of the Nazi party, and was to dictator of Germany. He ordered to have millions of Jewish people to be murdered, or to be thrown in prisons. Hitler believed that German’s were superior to humanity and he wanted to keep Germany “pure.” Hitler believed that the Jewish and Czechoslova