Why Did the US Enter The Second World War?

Second World War broke out in 1939. The damage and destruction caused by the Second World War surpassed all other wars.

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Why Did the US Enter The Second World War?

America remained neutral during the beginning of the Second World War.

It had a naval fleet at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii and Japan was fearful of the American naval fleet at Pearl Harbour.

On 7 December 1941, Japan carried out a surprise aerial attack on the American naval fleet at Pearl Harbour.

The battleships were sunk and important airfields were attacked. However, Japan did not destroy the ship repair facilities at the base and did not destroy the US carriers.

About 3700 people were killed in the attack. This incident aroused the indignation of the Americans, and thus, the latter joined the Second World War on 8 December 1941.

The American navy and air force destroyed the Japanese fleet, but Japan firmly held its position in Manchuria and in other places in China.

The US by this time had developed an atomic bomb. After much debate, a decision to drop bombs on Japan was taken.

On 6 August 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. It destroyed half of the city and thousands of people were killed.

The American government asked Japan to surrender, but the latter refused. The USA dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki on 9 August 1945.

The Japanese government surrendered without any conditions. This brought an end to the Second World War.

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