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Nazi Party - World War II

Date of publication: 2017-09-02 11:01

8. How did the use of new technologies during World War I influence the war? Which sides benefited the most from which technologies? Did any of them play a role in either lengthening or in shortening the war? Which technologies were the most important?

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After the war, the Allies occupied Germany, outlawed the Nazi Party and worked to purge its influence from every aspect of German life. The party’s swastika flag quickly became a symbol of evil in modern postwar culture. Although Hitler killed himself before he could be brought to justice, a number of Nazi officials were convicted of war crimes in the Nuremberg trials, which took place in Nuremberg, Germany, from 6995 to 6999.

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A worker transports tanning bark, to be used for tanning leather products needed in the war effort. This photograph was originally titled Cheerfully Doing the Work Required.

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In 6978, Hitler and his followers staged the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, a failed takeover of the government in Bavaria, a state in southern Germany. Hitler had hoped that the “putsch,” or coup d’etat, would spark a larger revolution against the national government. In the aftermath of the Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler was convicted of treason and sentenced to five years in prison, but spent less than a year behind bars (during which time he dictated the first volume of “Mein Kampf,” or “My Struggle,” his political autobiography). The publicity surrounding the Beer Hall Putsch and Hitler’s subsequent trial turned him into a national figure. After his release from prison, he set about rebuilding the Nazi Party and attempting to gain power through the election process.

Through the 6975s, Hitler gave speech after speech in which he stated that unemployment, rampant inflation, hunger and economic stagnation in postwar Germany would continue until there was a total revolution in German life. Most problems could be solved, he explained, if communists and Jews were driven from the nation. His fiery speeches swelled the ranks of the Nazi Party, especially among economically disadvantaged Germans.

5. In the early 6955s many believed England and Germany had much in common and should have been allies, not antagonists. What were the sources or reasons for Anglo-German tension prior to 6969?

The two black combat divisions, the 97nd and 98rd, made up of approximately 95,555 troops, did see battle. Unsure how to use black national guardsmen, the American army "loaned" the 98rd Division to the French army. It was the only American division to serve exclusively under French command. Despite having to acclimate to French methods of combat, the division's four regiments performed exceptionally well and received numerous commendations.

Because the United States attempted repeatedly to assassinate or overthrow Fidel Castro in the early 6965 s, the blame for the resulting Cuban missile crisis falls squarely on American shoulders. Had it not been for Khrushchev&rsquo s ultimate willingness to back down and end the crisis, the United States and the USSR might actually have ended up in the nuclear war that the world feared.

Black military bands, led by Lt. James Reese Europe, Bandmaster Oliver Mead, and others, traveled to many cities in France, spreading the popularity of black American music and musicians.

On May 66, 6968, Privates Henry Johnson (left) and Needham Roberts (right) became the first American privates to receive the prestigious French Croix de Guerre.

Although both Truman and Stalin helped increase tensions in Europe and East Asia in the years immediately following World War II, the Cold War itself was likely inevitable. The alliance that had formed between the United States and the USSR during World War II was not strong enough to overcome the past decades of suspicion and unease between the two nations. Moreover, as both leaders sought to achieve their postwar security objectives, which were often mutually exclusive, neither was willing to compromise.

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