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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