World War II Study Guide Causes of World War II Hint: These are the ways post WWI Europe set the stage for WWII Worldwide depression High war debt owed by Germany High inflation Massive unemployment World War II began September 1, 1939 when Hitler invaded Poland. This event marks the beginning of World War II!! Allied Powers in WWII Great Britain led by Churchill France Canada Soviet Union (from 1941) led by Stalin United States (from 1941) led by Roosevelt Axis Powers in WWII Hint: These leaders are all FASCIST dictators Germany led by Hitler Italy led by Mussolini Japan led by Tojo American Policy towards Europe and Asia changes Originally isolated Lend-Lease Policy – U.S. starts lending war materials to Allies in exchange for land in the Caribbean. Tensions caused by Japanese aggression in East Asia December 7, 1941 – Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor without warning. (A date which will live in infamy!) The U.S. declared war on Japan Be sure to review the details of each of these battles and turning points. 1. Germany invaded Poland. 2. Germany captured Paris. 3. Germany bombed London (Battle of Britain). 4. U.S. provided supplies to the Allies through the Lend Lease Policy. 5. Japan bomb Pearl Harbor. 6. US declares war on Japan 7. Germany declared war on the United States. Be sure to study the vocabulary!