Best Answer

When Germany invaded Poland on 1 September 1939 there was increased posturing and blustering about the effects of another European War and the effect that would have on the Western Hemisphere. FDR spoke about the defense of the Western Hemisphere in the event of a European war and the need to keep the Atlantic sea lanes open and secure. On 14 May 1940 Germany invaded France and by 2 September of 1940 a British-American agreement was reached to trade obsolete US destroyers that were badly needed by Britain for bases to bolster the US defense of the Western Hemisphere. This was followed by the passage of the Lend Lease program on 11 March 1941.

After sending supplies and equipment, the US did not begin to send troops to Europe until after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Then the US sent troops to England to show our support and for further training and preparations for when there was a place to deploy them into battle. One of the first US divisions sent to Europe was the 34th Infantry Division. Since the British were fighting the Germans in North Africa, this was the first place where troops could be used. US troops landed at three locations in North Africa on 8 November 1942---almost a full year after Pearl Harbor. They landed in French Morocco and two ports in Algiers. Strangely, they had to fight the French troops of the Vichy government, who had become allies to Germany after the French surrender. The US troops advanced east towards Tunisia and engaged the German army in combat on 26 November 1942. It wasn't until 9 September 1943, before the US troops landed on mainland Italy did the US actually land troops on European soil. Just prior to this, the US and British landed on Sicily, an island off of Italy. A good source on the North African campaign by US and an excellent book is: "An Army at Dawn" by Rick Atkinson Custermen

User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2007-09-13 09:29:40
This answer is:
User Avatar
Study guides
See all Study Guides
Create a Study Guide

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: When was the US first involved in Europe in World War 2?
Write your answer...
Related questions

Was Europe in World War 1 or World War 2?

Europe was heavily involved in both wars, they were fought across Europe and killed millions there.

Was Africa involved in World War 1?

no not at all they were not involved in the first world war

What Wars involved US and Europe?

The Revolutionary War The War of 1812 World War I World War II The Korean War The Vietnam War The First Persian Gulf War The Second Persian Gulf War

Where did americans first face combat during World War 2?

Americans first faced combat in World War II in Europe. American pilots were involved in the Battle of Britain in early 1941.

Who else was involved in World War 2?

World War II, was just that - a world war. Almost every country was involved. Russia, Germany, all of Europe, India and China were involved. Amost 60 million people died in the war.

Was Greece involve in World War 1?

Greece was not involved, but Europe was.

How was Europe involved in World War 2?

Europe was involved by being near Germany and Germany wanted to eradicate everyone who were not of the "Aryan Race"

Similarities between the Europe war and the war in Iraq?

There is no such thing as the Europe War. There were two main wars in Europe in the 19th Century: The First World War and the Second World War.

Did World War 2 end in Europe before the war in the Pacific ended?

World war 2 ended in Europe first.

How was world war 2 a total war in eastern Europe?

It involved civilians as much as soldiers.

Why is the first and second world wars called world wars?

Because it was involved of the whole world at war, America, Europe, Asia, Oceanic and Africa had effects from the wars

Where did the first world war start in the world?


What was the location of World War 1?

Most of the world war 1 was set in Europe and Central Asia was also involved

Which war were anzacs originally involved in?

The first World War.

What was the first war the US was involved in?

World war 2

Was Switzerland involved in the 1st world war?

No Switzerland was not involved in the First World War.

Where did the first World War begin?


What made World War 1 a world war?

It was a world war because it involved countries from different continents - Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, Australia.

When did Italy get involved in World War 1?

Italy became involved in World War One on the 26th of April in 1915because it wanted to not get involved in the first world war. Italy wanted to be neutral.

What was the first international war Australians were involved in?

World War 1

How were many African people and territories involved by the First World War and when they started to fight?

The African people and territories were involved in the First World War when the war started through their mother colonies.

What was roosevelt's first priority in World War 2?

the war in europe

What was World War One?

World War one was the first great war. It was the biggest war the world had seen and involved many countries.

What continents where involved with World War 1?

All of the continents, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North America, and South America, with the exception of Antarctica, were involved in World War I.

Has Belgium ever had war?

Yes. We were involved in the First and Second World War.

People also asked

On what date were the first American troops sent to Europe in World War 2?

View results