This newsreel talks about Pearl Harbor, and the attack from the Japanese. This attack was devastating on the navy forces, and was one of the main reasons America decided to join the war. The Japanese would eventually come to regret this attack, because they were eventually defeated by the US.
This picture, titles Into the Jaws of Death, was taken by Robert Sargent on June 6, 1944. The picture shows US soldiers during D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. This iconic picture shows the soldiers charging to the beach that was occupied by the Germans. Some view D-Day as the pivotal day of the war, as it led to the eventual downfall of Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler's dictatorship. While not the end of the war, this invasion was what led to the defeat of most of the Axis Powers, except for Japan.
This map shows the different battles that took place in Europe. The campaign is Europe was a huge part of the war, because it led to Germany's defeat and the end of the Holocaust. The Holocaust caused the death of millions of people, and to this day the Jewish people, who were targeted in the Holocaust, still haven't completely recovered from the Holocaust.
This video talks about the battle against the Japanese. They were the last Axis country to surrender, only choosing to do so after two atomic bombs, never seen before, were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by America. They were incredibly fierce enemies, and one of the fiercest battles of the war, Iwo Jima, was between fought them and the US.
This iconic picture shows the end of the Battle of Iwo Jima. The picture shows five US Marines raising the flag, symbolizing the victory against the Japanese at Iwo Jima. After the battle was over, the US was able to invade the main island of Japan.
As said before, the main reason for the surrender by the Japanese was the bombings by the US. The bombs were the first nuclear bombs ever, the result of an arms race by the US, the Soviets, and Germany. America was the first country to complete them, and as a result the first country to use them. The two bombs utterly decimated the cities, and led to the nuclear arms crisis we have today, because if a single nuclear bomb is launched every other country will use their stockpiled of bombs and a global nuclear apocalypse will ensue.
This graph shows the casualties from the war in each country. It includes civilians, military soldiers, and the percent from each country that died. It goes to show how colossal this war was, and how it affected the lives of so many millions of people. While it only looks like numbers, there are millions of people who suffered from the war.