World War Two and Production on a Massive Scale Research Paper

World War Two and Production on a Massive Scale Research Paper

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The Second World War was ended on September 2 nd , 1945 with the surrender of the Japanese to General MacArthur aboard the battleship Missouri in Tokyo harbor. While studying World War Two, many will find different theories and arguments by different historians as to what factor contributed the most to the Allied victory over the Axis powers of Europe and Asia. Historian Paul Fussell in his book, Wartime, Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War , argues that is was production of material goods and propaganda on a massive scale that was the true catalysis for an Allied victory. With the United States joining the war effort on a full scale after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, military materials and wartime propaganda began flooding into the everyday lives of Americans creating a movement across the country to produce and ration the like of which the world had never seen. Previously to the involvement of the United States in WWII, the allies had been struggling for almost two years trying to keep the Germans from advancing and occupying England in the Battle of the Atlantic. This is also the time when technology begins to play a major role in the allied defense; Hitler authorizes the “z-plan,” created by German Admiral Donitz to help thoroughly crush the British. Three
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