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Dec., 1941 – U.S. declares war

America declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941. Germany declared war on the U.S. three days later, and the U.S. responded by declaring war on Germany as well.            

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December 7, 1941- Pearl Harbor


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Nov., 1941 — Winds of War


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Oct., 1941 – Halloween – The plight of children in WW2

As war raged across Europe, Americans were aware of the plight of children in Europe through daily newspaper accounts of bombings, rationing and suffering throughout the continent. However, the situation was far worse than Americans imagined because they were not … Continue reading

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Sept., 1941 – Lucky Lindbergh – America’s hero falls from favor

Charles “Lucky” Lindbergh, thrilled the world in 1927 with his transatlantic flight from New York to Paris.  He was a national hero and the recipient of many awards including the Congressional Medal of Honor. In the late 1930s however, Lindbergh … Continue reading

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Sept. 1941 — Roosevelt orders Navy to shoot on sight

On September 11, 1941 (9/11!), President Roosevelt issued an order to the U.S. Navy to shoot German or Italian warships in the west Atlantic on sight. The order was in direct response to a torpedo attack by a German sub … Continue reading

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Aug., 1941 – The German-Russian war — Biting off too much?

By late August, it was evident that a German victory over Russia would not come quickly, if at all. Hitler had ordered the invasion of the Soviet Union in June, against the advice of many of his military experts.   … Continue reading

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July, 1941 — U.S. Freezes Japanese Assets

It was summertime but relations had never been chillier between the U.S. and Japan than in July, 1941. Tokyo was strengthening its position in the Pacific by occupying Indo-China and moving through Southeast Asia. Given that France had long occupied … Continue reading

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June, 1941 — U.S. ousts Axis consuls, freezes assets

Worsening relations with the Axis powers prompted President Roosevelt to order all German assets in the U.S. frozen on June 14, 1941. On June 16 he ordered the withdrawal of German and Italian consular staffs by July 10. The executive … Continue reading

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June, 1941 –Germany invades Russia — Operation Barbarossa

On June 22, Germany attacked the Soviet Union in an invasion code named Operation Barbarossa.  More than 4.5 million Axis powers troops invaded along an 1,800 mile front. Operation Barbarossa was the largest military operation in human history in both … Continue reading

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