US and WW2 cont. hist

US and WW2 cont. hist - US and WW2 - - Battle of the Bulge:...

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US and WW2 - Battle of the Bulge: largest battle in WW2 for US/ December 1944 o Troy Middleton o US: 80,000 casualties - Spring ’45 close into Germany, Hitler commits suicide - WW2 2 separate wars - US fighting Germany and Europe - In Pacific, Brits involved - Really and American war, European war is a coalition war - Axis—not much going on - Have to have a means to project power to fight wars over long distance—US- aircraft carriers - All aircraft carriers were at sea - Germans—didn’t sink aircraft carriers, how we carry war to Japan - 1 st 6 months of war, Japan on a role: Japanese tide: Japan is victorious - FDR anxious to get into European war, calls for specific 1 st strategy - 6 months: 2 events that stopped Japan momentum and gave US initiative: turn the tide - May 1942, Japan moving towards Australia—1 st naval battle where ships don’t see each other’s aircraft carriers - Battle of coral sea, may ‘42 o Draw, we kill lots of pilots—stop momentum in SW Pacific - Battle of midway—Midway small island NE of Hawaii - Japan winning a lot because US had no way of getting to Japan - Launch bombs from aircraft carriers - Dolittle raid o Planes taken off carriers—bombings
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- Because of raid, Japanese military—mount operation to lure US fleet into battle and kill
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