internationalist sails. With the coming of war in Europe and Asia, FDR edged the United States into combat. Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, however, brought the United States fully into the conflict. The Battle of Britain was one of the major World War II battles. The battle was waged in the skies over the English Channel and England's eastern and southern coast in 1940 and 1941. World War II had broken out in Europe, and Adolf Hitler was determined to subjugate England. The main combatants were the United Kingdomand Germany. The German plan was to unfold in several phases, but all efforts toward that end ultimately failed. The reasons for the failure are just as interesting as the battle itself. Hope for American isolationism came to an end with the Battle of Britain. By the end of 1940, most Americans had come to realize that war was inevitable. By the beginning of July 1940, the British Royal Air Force (RAF), had built up its strength to 640 serviceable fighters, but the Luftwaffe German air force boasted 2,600 bombers and fighters. (Keene et. al, 2012 p. 686-688). Instructor Explanation:See Keene, pp. 686–688.Students should first cite two of the following causes of World War II: (a) the harsh provisions of the Treaty of Versailles, (b) the Great Depression, or (c) the rise of fascism in Germany and Italy. They should also discuss American isolationism during the 1930s and FDR’s reluctance to intervene in Europeanaffairs. They could then discuss FDR’s and Churchill’s friendship, which gradually led to more American involvement in the war. The Japanese attackon Pearl Harbor on 12/7/1941 was the definitive turning point that led the U.S. to declare war against Germany and Japan. Points Received: 16 of 20 Comments: This is a good start yet there could be much better organization and more explanation. * Times are displayed in (GMT-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)
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