Project #3473 - World War II: The American Experience






World War II left no country untouched. The fighting left whole continents battered and devastated. Cities were flattened, and hundreds of thousands were displaced from their homes. Some 49 million people died in World War II, including 400,000 American soldiers. Another 11 million, including 6 million Jews, were killed in German concentration camps. Battles took place in nearly every corner of the globe. Soldiers fought on beaches, in jungles, and along rivers, and campaigns for dominance stretched across the globe, with eventual victory by the Allies.




Part 1: The Military Experience




Write a 1,400-word paper that provides a comprehensive view of the American military experience during World War II. The paper should do the following: 




  • Identify the causes for American involvement in the war.
  • Present a unified analysis of the major military campaigns of the war. Analyze each of the following military campaigns, including 3 to 5 of the related subtopics, the results of the campaign, and overall success for the Allies. Emphasize the American position in each campaign.




  • North African Campaign




  • Objectives
  • Operation Torch
  • Vichy position
  • Rommel and Von Amim in North Africa
  • Patton and Bradley in North Africa
  • Rommel withdraws from El Agheila
  • Battle of El Guettar
  • Results




  • Italian Campaign




  • Objectives
  • Casablanca Conference
  • Operation Husky
  • Fall of Messina
  • Naples
  • Landing at Anzio
  • Fall of Rome
  • Mussolini’s surrender
  • Results




  • Normandy Campaign




  • Objectives
  • Why Normandy beaches?
  • Plan
  • German Defense
  • D-Day
  • Airborne Assault
  • Results




  • War in Europe 1944–1945




  • Battle of the Atlantic (1939, onward)
  • American bombing raids
  • Soviet troops liberate first concentration camp at Majdanek




  • Liberation of Paris




  • Operation Market Garden
  • Battle of the Bulge
  • Yalta
  • Dresden fire bombings
  • Roosevelt dies
  • Hitler commits suicide
  • Unconditional surrender




  • War in the Pacific




  • Objectives
  • Chinese position
  • MacArthur and Nimitz
  • Island Hopping
  • Battle of Coral Sea
  • Battle of Midway
  • Guadalcanal
  • Battle of Leyte Gulf
  • Manila
  • Iwo Jima
  • Fire raids on Tokyo
  • Battle of Okinawa
  • Japan invasion
  • Atomic Bomb




Include maps, quotes, or statistics as appropriate. 




Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.




Part 2: The Home Experience




Create a 10-slide presentation using Microsoft® PowerPoint® or another multimedia tool that provides a comprehensive view of the American home front during World War II. Include the following:




  • The economic characteristics, such as tax policies, industrial production, employment, and manufacturing




  • The political characteristics, such as the evolution of America from isolationism to limited support to full engagement in the war, and how the branches of government worked together to form a cohesive war strategy




  • The social characteristics, such as opportunities for women and minorities, internment of Japanese Americans, demographic shifts, leisure activities, and others




Include photographs, maps, quotes, or statistics as appropriate.




Cite your reference sources consistent with APA guidelines. 



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Due By (Pacific Time) 03/26/2013 12:00 pm
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