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U.S. Propaganda from World War II,
Depicting Hitler as foolish.
A series of American propaganda
posters during World War II appealed to
servicemen's patriotism to protect
themselves from venereal disease. The
text at the bottom of the poster reads,
"You can't beat the Axis if you get VD".
US Office for War Information,
propaganda message: working less
helps our enemies.
Defeating the Axis Powers
D-Day (June 6, 1944)
Battle of the Bulge (December, 1944)
FDR’s Death (April 12, 1945)
V-E Day (May 8, 1945)
Potsdam Ultimatum— “Japan: surrender, or
August 6, 1945—Hiroshima
August 9, 1945—Nagasaki
V-J Day (September 2, 1945)
Nuremburg War Crimes Trials
U.S. World War II Production
Planes = 300,000
Tanks = 61,000
Trucks = 87,000
Firearms = 17,900,000
Heavy artillery = 2,400,000
Shells, bombs, etc. = millions of tons
Profile of U.S. Servicemen
• 39% were volunteers
• 61% were draftees
• Combat survivability: (out of 1,000) 8.6 were killed in
action, 3 died from other causes, and 17.7 received
non-mortal combat wounds.
• Average base pay: enlisted, $71.33 per month;
officers, $203.50 per month
• Total number in all military branches: 4 million
• Number of World War II veterans dying per day since
2002—one thousand
Defeating the Axis Powers
Island Hopping
US Pacific
Kamikaze attack on
USS St. Louis
10. Hiroshima – August 6, 1945 ~ killed
80,000 people & level 42 square miles
Nagasaki – August 9, 1945 ~ killed
Three Options to End War
(1) Use Nuclear Bomb
(2) Invade Mainland Japan
(3) Blockade Japan
Cold War Positioning
 End war before Soviets
 Minimize Soviet influence in
peace treaty
Enola Gay landing after bombing of Hiroshima.
(Smithsonian Institution)
Lasting effects of WWII
• The Yalta Conference
• The Big 3
– Stalin
– Churchill
– Roosevelt
• The Cold War
• Who is left???