June 6th 1944 “ Day” Essay

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June 6th 1944 “D-DAY”
During World War II, June 6, 1944 “D-Day” was a very important turning point for the Allies, as they launched a huge arsenal that began to push the Nazis away from France. Not only did this battle take many lives, but it was a difficult experience for the ones who fought on that date. The soldiers in the battlefield had a shocking day they would never forget. These soldiers suffered irreversible injuries, psychological disorders and mental instabilities—“it was like stepping into hell.”
World War II is the greatest conflict in human history involving a variety of countries fighting each other for a designated cause. “This was the deadliest war ...view middle of the document...

Consequently, Hitler started the massive invasion of Poland in September 1st, 1939 when the battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire to polish territory, followed by 62 German divisions and support of 1300 aircrafts.
Hitler was convinced that the invasion of Poland would result in a brief, successful war for two important reasons. First, he was convinced that the strength of the newly recovered German army would quickly defeat the Polish armed forces in a few battles. Secondly, he thought the French and British prime-ministers, Neville Chamberlain and Eduard Daladier, to be weak, indecisive leaders who would opt for another peace treaty rather than war. However, two days after the invasion of Poland, Britain and France, while having guaranteed Poland's borders, immediately declared war on Germany.
At the beginning of World War II the United States was a neutral country, but Japan was against the United States because they were aiding China, which was Japan’s main target. Expecting that the situation changed, Japan made three proposals to the United States’ government. One was to cease the commerce and financial matters with China. Second the United States must remain isolated from all Asian affairs, and the third was to start shipping oil and supplies to Japan.

Otherwise Japan would attack the United States. The United States did not carry out the proposals given and as a result Japan made a massive attack on Pearl Harbor, early in the morning of December 7th, 1941.
The Japanese had developed the technology, attack strategies, and skills to successfully accomplish the impossible. The plan was achieved to create a surprising attack on Pearl Harbor by destroying the heart of the Pacific Fleet of the United States; additional targets included warehouses, docks, airfields and aircrafts.
At 7:50 A.M on December 7th 1941, the first wave of bombers appeared in the horizon to start the attack over Pearl Harbor. About 360 Japanese planes had been launched from aircraft carriers in an attack force of about 33 ships. The surprising battle was being held under the cover of darkness. There were about 3,700 American casualties, of which 3,000 were deaths and 710 wounded in the two hour attack. The Japanese casualties were minimal.
The main concerns from the Japanese were the loss of surprise and the destruction of the three U.S. Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers, Lexington, Enterprise and Saratoga, which had been previously dispatched to Wake and Midway islands. Both islands were far away from the battle zone, so the American ships were safe at the time of the attacks.
Today, the submerged remains of the battleship USS Arizona rest on the sea floor of Pearl Harbor, just where they settled on December 7, 1941. The ship was one of various casualties from the lethal attack from the Japanese on that day President Roosevelt called "a date which will live in infamy.” On December 8th 1941 President Roosevelt declared war on Japan and the...

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