Why did the US become involved in World War 2?
America had tried to stay neutral while the war in Europe was
getting worse. America turned their face the other way, while
hundreds and thousands Jews were being killed and sent to
concentration camps. America tried to stay neutral, yet in the face
of impending war we slowly become more involved.
The USA entering the war had nothing to do with Germany. Germany
did not declare war on the United States. Japan did by sending
their bombers to the Philippines in the hopes of destroying all the
warships and planes that were kept there. They almost succeeded but
they did not realize it and turned back when our bombers took off
and went after the Japanese airplanes that were in the air.
Roosevelt believed it was a European conflict at first and he
wasn't ready economically and soldiers were recovering from WW1.
But when Tojo attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Roosevelt decided to
join the Allies. And they attacked two main cities in Japan;
Hiroshima and Nagasaki. however Hitler convinced the Japanese to
attack the U.S. Navy.
On December 7th, 1941, axis nation Japan hit Pearl Harbor in a
surprise bombing raid. A day later President Roosevelt declared war
on Japan. On December 11th, 1941, axis nations Germany and Italy
declared war on the US. America became an allied nation along with
England and Soviet Russia. The short or concise answer is: to stop
the bad guys from taking over the world.
To understand a longer version, lots of time in reading books
(more is better) and viewing documentaries is in order. Since
watching films/video is fairly easy, search Amazon.com for the
"World at War" series, made in the 1970s. The "Why we
Fight" series is another starting point.
As to books, start with general photo histories, again, it's
easier to look at pictures. Be aware that most all of these
sources contain some sort of errors. Two examples: many American
accounts, of artillery fire by the Germans, mention being from
"88s" (a 88mm gun used primarily on aircraft & tank
targets) and many of the tanks faced were "Tigers." In
reality the main German artillery piece was a 105mm gun. Only about
1,350 "Tiger I" tanks were produced (versus about 49,000 Sherman
tanks the USA produced) from 1942 to August of 1944, with most
going to the fighting in Russia. In other words, the "Tiger" tank
was very rarely seen on the battlefield.
If, finding that, after seeing several films and looking at lots
of photos aren't that boring, then is the time to go to a large
library and ask for books by scholarly authors such as Martin
Mike, Loveland, CO
well America got into the war by the pearl harbor attack by the
japanese. then the D-Day landings. and then the atomic bombs that
ended the war. Yamato sucks.in the battle of the leyte gulf.
The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour - a port in the United
States of America - on the 7th December 1941. USA declared war on
8th December 1941.
The forces fo the Empire of Japan deliberately and without
declaring war on the United States, sneak-attacked the US territory
of Hawaii with carrier-based warplanes and a number of submarines.
The US public was outraged and enraged - there was no choice but
for Congress to declare war on Japan.
The United States entered the war because Japan attacked Pearl
HArbor and destroyed much of the American fleet.
Although pacifism and isolationism were strong within the US,
President Roosevelt could hardly remain neutral with most of Europe
and Asia being conquered. The direct attack on Pearl Harbor, a US
naval base, finally swayed public and congressional opinions.
Hawaii, at that time an American territory, was attacked without
warning by the Japanese Empire on December 7, 1941. In response,
the US declared war on Japan. The other Axis (Tripartite) nations
of Germany and Italy then declared war on the US.
The US forged a world alliance of 26 nations to defeat the
aggressions of the Axis (Tripartite) Nations. It was known as the
Atlantic Charter. Some of these nations were already at war with
Axis countries. After the war, this alliance formed the basis for
the United Nations.
The US became involved after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour in
The U.S became involved when on December 7, 1941 the Empire of
japan attack Pearl harbor (the home base of the Pacific fleet) They
also had no choice either. If FDR (Franklin D Rossivelt) didnt ask
congress for the US to join the war then Japan would then realize
the US would have been an easy target for bombing runs, house
raids, etc... so that's also why we joined the Allies in the war
against the Axis
The attack at pearl harbor. Allies (including US) became involved
in World War II either because they had already been invaded or
were directly threatened with invasion by the Axis or because they
were concerned that the Axis powers would come to control the
Well, it would help is you asked which war.