HST 165 Week 5 World War II: The American Experience

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 HST 165 Week 5 World War II: The American Experience

World War II left no country untouched. The fighting left whole continents battered and devastated. Cities were flattened, and hundreds of thousands were displaced from their homes. Some 49 million people died in World War II, including 400,000 American soldiers. Another 11 million, including 6 million Jews, were killed in German concentration camps. Battles took place in nearly every corner of the globe. Soldiers fought on beaches, in jungles, and along rivers and campaigns for dominance stretched across the globe, with eventual victory by the Allies.

Part 1: The Military Experience

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper that provides a comprehensive view of the American military experience during World War II. The paper should do the following:




Identify the causes for American involvement in the war.


Present an analysis of the major military campaigns of the war.


Analyze each of the following military campaigns, including two to three of the related subtopics, the results of the campaign, and overall success for the Allies.


Emphasize the American position in each campaign. 




North African Campaign 






Operation Torch


Vichy position


Rommel and Von Amim in North Africa


Patton and Bradley in North Africa


Rommel withdraws from El Agheila


Battle of El Guettar






Italian Campaign 






Casablanca Conference


Operation Husky


Fall of Messina




Landing at Anzio


Fall of Rome


Mussolini’s surrender








Include maps, quotes, or statistics as appropriate.

Format your paper according to appropriate course level APA guidelines.


Part 2: The Home Experience

Create a 6- to 10-slide presentation using Microsoft® PowerPoint® or another multimedia tool that provides a look at a specific group during World War II. Please choose one of the following groups to do your presenation on.




Factory Workers


Asian Americans


Native Americans


African Americans











Include their role during the war, as well as the struggles and triumphs of each group.


Include photographs, maps, quotes, or statistics, as appropriate.

Cite your reference sources according to appropriate course level APA guidelines.

Present the World War II presentation.




For Local Campus students, these are 3- to 5-minute oral presentations accompanied by multimedia presentations.


For Online and Directed Study students, these are multimedia presentations with detailed notes.


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