Major Events of World War II flipped classroom
World War 2
Jul 10, 2019
Hello house, welcome to major events of World War II. By the end of this video, you should be able to describe U.S. involvement at the beginning of World War II, and explain key battles of World War II. Let's start with this idea. You have this house that is on fire. If you're living next door, are you just going to let these dangerous flames spread and destroy your house? No, you're going to do something. You're going to call 9-1-1 or lend the firemen a hose to put it out. This was the idea at the beginning of World War II. The U.S. stands very much was to stop these dangers, not a dangerous fire, the dangers were in the form of totalitarian dictatorships in Europe, like Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. So what they did is something called the lend lease act. You have Adolf Hitler, and you have president FDR of the United States. Here was the U.S. belief at the time. If Britain, one of our allies goes down, all of us in the Americas would be living at the point of a gun. We must be the great arsenal for democracy. That means we must fight for democracy and stop these totalitarian dictatorships. How are we going to do that? The lend lease act. That means lending supplies and weapons and things like that to our allies such as Great Britain to stop these dangerous forms of dictatorships. All right? The U.S. did not officially enter World War II until Pearl Harbor. This is when the Japanese used a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. What's important about this? After the war, our president, FDR said, December 7th, 1941, is a date which will live in infamy. What does that mean? The U.S. officially declared war on the Axis powers and entered World War II. What's important to understand is after Pearl Harbor, we have the Battle of Midway. This was fought midway or halfway between Japan and Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. Who was it between Japan? And the United States. But this time, the victory goes to the United States. And why is it important? It was a turning point in the war in the Pacific. That means it was in favor of the United States. The U.S. now had the upper hand in the war in the Pacific. D-Day. June 6th, 1944, you have here at the beaches of Normandy, France. The Germans have taken over France. Well, as allies, the United States under operation overlord enters from the ocean to push the Germans out. And it was a victory for the United States and the allies. The next battle, you have Berlin here Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany are stationed. Berlin, the capital of Germany is surrounded by Soviet forces. One of our allies, the good guys during World War II. Because Hitler knows that he's surrounded and he can not win the war, he commits suicide. Germany surrenders and the war in Europe is over. All right? Victory for Americans in the allies in Europe. Now, we must turn our focus lastly to Japan in the Pacific, who very much have not surrendered or given up. Around this time, the United States was secretly testing a nuclear weapon called in the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. President Truman, in the United States, made the difficult decision. Instead of invading Japan in prolonging this war anymore, they decided to drop the atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, 1945. The officially ended the war in Japan and against the Axis powers when Japan surrendered. Here we are this famous picture in Times Square New York kissing the war goodbye or VJ day victory in Japan. World War II is officially over. I look forward to seeing you guys in class.