Island Hopping

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Dec 7, 1941 “A date which will
live in infamy”
Goal: Determine how
geography impacted
military strategies and
major turning points
during World War II.
QOD: What was the
U.S response to
Japanese military
aggression?
Agenda: PPT with
movie clips
Setting The Stage:
Japanese militants
American Forces
Hideki Tojo: Leader of Japanese military.
Head of the Government
Led by Douglas MacArthur and Admiral
Nimitz of the Pacific Fleet
Emperor Hirohito: A figure head like the
Queen of England
Will use a military strategy known as
“island hopping”
We have cut off their oil supply
(embargo)
Jumping from island to island defeating
the Japanese and having them retreat all
the way back to Japan
Japanese has imperialized several Asian
countries and dug into many islands
between Asia and the US mainland
*1941-42
Told natives to kill themselves and used
them as slaves
Japan attacks Pearl Harbor/CA
Use Kamikaze tactics
The islands were miserable, humid hot
and rainy. Could not use tanks
Disease rampant from conditions
On Bataan
Feb. 1942 FDR orders MacArthur out of the Philippines
General MacArthur vowels to be back but does not return
April 9, 1942 - U.S. forces on Bataan surrender unconditionally to the
Japanese.
April 10, 1942 - Bataan Death March begins as 76,000 Allied POWs
including 12,000 Americans are forced to walk 60 miles under a blazing
sun without food or water toward a new POW camp, resulting in over
5,000 American deaths.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPlfhVEw-7U
WWII A Visual History
https://www.abmc.gov/sites/default/files/interactive/interactive_files/
WW2/index.html
Scenes from the Pacific
Iwo Jima
Guadalcanal
Aug 1942-43
Peleliu
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Sept. 1944
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55y5DDpPIU
Feb 1945
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Okinawa
April 1945
https://www.y
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Firebombing
in Japan
WWII
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m9EqDl
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Japanese will resort to using disease
filled/bomb hot air balloons
The Mainland
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