World War II was the largest conflict that the world has ever witnessed. It was fought on almost every continent, involving vast amounts of resources, troops, and advanced weaponry. It was by far the most deadly conflict in history, with an estimated 50+ million casualties.
There are differing opinions in regards to the events that culminated into World War II, but many agree that the German invasion of Poland in 1939 was the ‘first shot’. Germany easily defeated Poland with its superior firepower and ‘Blitzkrieg’ style of warfare. Germany continued its dominance of Europe by defeating many countries, leaving only England as the remnant of opposition. Germany was not without allies, as the ‘Axis’ powers were formed when Germany was joined by Japan and Italy. The United States remained neutral, but aided the ‘Allies’ by providing much needed supplies. Japan would not allow the U.S. to remain neutral for long, after they coordinated a sneak attack on America’s Pacific Naval Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. December 7th, 1941 became the ‘date which will live in infamy’, where the U.S. suffered almost 2,500 casualties, and galvanized the nation by personalizing the war to the American public.
After America ‘the sleeping giant’ was awakened, the war took on a very different complexion. No longer did the Axis war machine forge on unchecked, and cracks began forming in its armor which was once thought invincible. The fighting became fierce in the Pacific and European theaters with conflicts like ‘the battle of the bulge’, Midway, Iwo Jima and the Allied invasion of Normandy. The Americans and allied forces showed amazing resolve and resiliency by slowly racking up victories which turned the tide of the war in favor of the allies. After the death of Hitler and subsequent surrender of Germany, the Americans then turned their full attention onto imperial Japan. Knowing the sheer volume of casualties the allied forces would suffer in the event of an invasion of Japan, President Truman made the fateful decision to drop the newly developed atomic bomb on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Days after witnessing the carnage and deaths of the Japanese people at the hands of nuclear weapons, the emperor of Japan surrendered to the allied forces, bringing an end to the bloodiest conflict in human history on August 14, 1945.
As a result of the victory in World War II, the United States was catapulted into the role of a superpower, and enjoyed a financial boom and subsequent prosperity greater than any time in its history. This new status was earned at a very high cost, with the blood and sacrifice of millions of American servicemen. The same servicemen who fought for our freedoms, were the architects of the successful and prosperous country we now occupy. This group of veterans has been described as many to be the ‘greatest generation’, for their sacrifice and many achievements.
It is our goal at Here To Help Home Care to care for the members of the ‘greatest generation’, and show them the care, admiration and respect that they have earned many times over. Caring for World War II veterans and veterans of other wars is a top priority of ours. Our Veterans Assistance Program gives the support to our service men and women and their families that they desperately need and deserve. Click here to learn more about our Veterans Assistance Program.