World War II : A Global Conflict Between The Allied And Axis Powers

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World War II was a global conflict between the Allied and Axis powers which began to consume countries of the eastern hemisphere in 1939. At this point, Americans were isolationist. To keep the U.S. out of future wars, congress passed a Neutrality Act. On september 1, 1939, World war II broke loose. German tanks destroyed everything in its way. Congress passed the “cash-and-carry” provision allowing warring nations to buy U.S arms with paid cash and transported with their own ships. Six weeks after, congress passed the neutrality act of 1939, and the cash-and-carry policy went into effect. By summer of 1940, Roosevelt provided Britain with “all aid short of war”. On September 27, Germany, Italy, and Japan had signed a mutual defense treaty, The tripartite pact. The three nations became known as the Axis Power. After German submarines fired on the U.S. destroyer, Greer, on september 4, 1941, Roosevelt ordered the navy to shoot German submarines on sight. The United states was now in an undeclared war with Hitler. However the attack that brought the U.S. into war was Japan. On December 6, 1941 Roosevelt received a message that instructed Japan’s peace envoy to reject all american peace plans. On December 7, 1941, a Japanese dive-bomber and 180 japanese warplanes launched 6 aircraft carriers at pearl harbor. The japanese had killed 2,403 americans and wounded 1,178. The surprise raid nearly sunk/damaged the whole U.S. Pacific fleet. In reaction to pearl harbor, Roosevelt
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