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WWII Vocabulary

8th Grade SS

TermDefinition
Totalitarianism a government where the ruler or ruling group has complete control. (TOTAL)
Fascism a form of government that is a type of one-party dictatorship. They work for a totalitarian one-party state; puts nation and often race above the individual.
Axis Powers The fascist alliance between mainly Germany, Italy,and Japan, during World War II, against the Allies.
Allied Powers The powers were Great Britain, The United States, China, and the Soviet Union.
Appeasement Britain's policy in the 1930s of allowing Hitler to expand German territory unchecked
How did Appeasement fail during WWII? it failed to prevent war. . it was a short term fix when it was made clear that the Policy would not stop Hitler and war was inevitable.
Blitzkrieg a method of offensive warfare designed to strike a swift, focused blow at an enemy using mobile, maneuverable forces, including armored tanks and air support.
Luftwaffe German term for an air force
Tuskegee Airman a group of African-American and Caribbean-born military pilots (fighter and bomber) who fought in World War II
Internment putting a person in prison or other kind of detention, generally in wartime. Ex. US put Japanese in camps because US thought that they were loyal to Japan.
D-Day the invasion of Normandy. Allied forces attacked the German forces. It was a turning point in the war.
Bataan Death March the Japanese forced 76,000 captured Allied soldiers (Filipinos and Americans) to march about 80 miles across the Bataan Peninsula.
Island Hopping taking over an island and establishing a military base there. The base was in turn used as a launching point for the attack and takeover of another island.
V-E Day Victory in Europe
Kamikaze a Japanese aircraft loaded with explosives and making a deliberate suicidal crash on an enemy target.
Holocaust Hitler’s “final solution”
Kristallnacht Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools
Genocide violence against members of a national, ethnic, racial or religious group with the intent to destroy the entire group.
Manhattan Project United States to develop the first nuclear weapon.
Enola Gay the U.S. bomber that dropped atomic bombs on Japan
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