Thursday Feb 18, 2021

Dave Wolbrink

Rotarian US History

Greatest Drama of WWII

Scribe: Ron Schlitt Editor: Fred Wittenberger Introduced by: Mary Brodzeller

Dave Wolbrink presented a PowerPoint program on the Greatest Drama of World War II highlighting the following key points:

  • How could a small island empire be so successful?
  • The importance of December 7, 1941
  • By 1942, Japan controlled most of Southeast Asia. This area was needed for natural resources to supply the Japanese war machine.
  • Dave described the island-hopping campaign by the United States after 1942. By taking back islands from Japanese control, it was possible to use them for future bombing runs on Japan.
  • The United States feared approximately 1 million casualties if they had to conduct a land invasion of Japan. The Japanese soldier believed it was disgraceful to surrender.  The United States decided to use the Atomic Bomb in August of 1945. 
  • Between August 9-15, the United States conducted over 1000 B-29 bombing missions. He also spoke about the importance of a secret mission to bomb a Russian refinery in Akita which helped bring about the surrender of Japan.

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