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01-24 Overview of the War - Memories of the war are...

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Overview of the War 24 January 2006 July 1941 – Japan seized Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia) Indochina important because of production of natural rubber Large portion owned by Michilin Company 1943 – DuPont produced synthetic rubber using petroleum Following this, Indochina became unimportant Weeks after July 1941 Froze all Japanese assets; oil embargo (Oil important; major economic blockade) Sent Prime Minister to discuss issues with the US US won’t discuss until Japan withdraws from Indochina Japanese government falls to new gov’t which plans attack on Pearl Harbor Messages intercepted; CIA deemed unlikely to happen, Japan too far away Roosevelt knew this was necessary to gain public support No significant opposition to the war after December 1941
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Unformatted text preview: Memories of the war are excellent Fought as efficiently and gallantly as possible Good leadership Lots of behind-the-scenes political maneuvering US, England, Soviet Union formed “Grand Alliance” Churchill was fighting Stalin as much as Hitler Churchill’s “Closing the Ring” US enter through Yugoslavia, Czech, Hungary into Germany from Southeast Churchill afraid w/o this, Europe would fall under Soviet control Stalin wanted landing in France and force Hitler to divert forces from Eastern front to Western front USSR in need of help Roosevelt Nightmare: Red Army would push Germans out of own territory and stop, causing Hitler to turn all his attention to the West...
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