1. Why did the U.S. get involved in the war?
1. At the beginning, the United States expressed the
determination to remain a neutral nation. When W.W.II
began, opinions among the Americans were divided. Some felt
that the Nazi Germany was not only a threat to Europe and
democracy, but to civilization itself. Other believed that
Europe's wars were no affairs of the U.S.
As the war progressed, the U.S. found itself getting
involved. They felt sympathy for the British after what
happened at Dunkirk. They started helping G.B. with weapons
and food. 50 old American naval destroyers were sent to
Britain. Now it was clear the U.S. were on the Allies side
but they still weren't physically involved in the big war.
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise
attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Their aim was to strike such a severe blow that the U.S.
would not rival the Japanese in the Pacific(boy were they
wrong or what). American ships were sunk or badly damaged.
American dead totaled over 2,300. The United States weren't
going to take that from the Japanese and on December 8,
1941, congress declared war on Japan and so did the British
Parliament. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared
war on the U.S., and the congress replied with its own
declaration of war. At this time, the United States of
America were full-fledged belligerent in World War II.
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