World War II in the USA
Neutrality was the initial American response to the outbreak of war in Europe in 1939. But the bombing of Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii by the Japanese in December 1941 brought the United States into the war, first against Japan and then against its allies, Germany and Italy. - American, British and Soviet war planners agreed to concentrate on defeating Germany first. British and American forces landed in North Africa in 1942, proceeded to Sicily and the Italian mainland in 1943, and liberated Rome on June 4, 1944. Two days later - D-Day - Allied forces landed in Normandy. Paris was liberated in August 24, and by September American units had crossed the German border. The Germans finally surrendered on May 5, 1945. - The war against Japan came to a swift end in August of 1945, when President Harry Truman ordered the use of atomic bombs against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nearly 200.000 civilians were killed. Although the matter can still provoke heated discussion the argument in favor of dropping the bombs was that casualties on both sides would have been greater if the Allies had been forced to invade Japan. The day when the Allies invaded German occupied France from England and the entire action began in the last stage of war.
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