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Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the “Day of Infamy” Speech

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The United States of America (often shorten to the United States) is a country in North America that has 50 states and one federal district in which the capitol resides. It's coastlines are both on both the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. The country borders Mexico to the south and Canada to the north. The capitol is Washington D.C, and is lead by a president. The country hosts a wide variety of different terrain such as plains, mountains, deserts, valleys, and lowlands. The largest city in the United States is New York City, located on Long Island. The United States has a total of about 3,794,101 square miles of land. The country also has a wide variety of natural resources such as iron, produce, etc. The currency is the United States dollar.

Prewar History[]

End of the Great War and the Roaring 20s[]


Washington Naval Conference (November 1921 - February 1922)

The United States was in a Entente Side of the First World War from which they helped Ratified the Treaty of Versailles. Though the United States President, Thomas Woodrow Wilson pushed for the formation of the league of nations after the First World War, the United States Congress had vetoed the country's decision to join it. The US Congress preferred the country to be an Isolationist and not involve itself in Foreign Conflicts

The United States after the war and the end of the Spanish Flu had entered the "Roaring 20s" whereby its Economy was flourishing due to less government intervention. The rise of Jazz music, Radio Broadcasting, Prohibition of Alcohol, Organised Crime like the Italian Mafia, manufacturing of Automobiles and other consumer goods, African American immigration into Major Cities like New York and Chicago, the American Dollar Replacing the British Pound as the world currency and many more have been attributed to this age.

The United States along with the United Kingdom, Japan, France and Italy had signed the Five-Power Treaty in the Washington Naval Conference in 1922 to limit further naval building in the Pre-war years. This has made the Japanese furious as they seen the deal as unfair with them only being allowed to build a 3:5 ratio of ships towards the United States and United Kingdom

In order to help the Weimar Republic to pay off its debts, The United States implemented loans like the Dawes Plan in 1924 and the Young Plan in 1929 in order to boost their economy.

Great Depression[]


"Soup Kitchens" had helped to feed people during the Great depression by giving free food (1931)

During October of 1929, the Wall Street Stock Market had Crashed and the Great Depression had Occurred. This had costs millions of people to loss their Jobs and go into poverty. The Fall of the United States Economy also led most of the world's economy to fall with it, the most infamous of which was the aforementioned Weimar Republic which in turn helped the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.

In 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (also known as FDR) was elected as the US President. Roosevelt issued many bills and laws to remedy the US Economy and help the poor and downtrodden whom were impacted by the Depression such as the New Deal Programs and the Social Security act respectively. Historians and Economists still debate if FDR’s bills and laws improved or further worsen the great depression to this day

American Isolationism also remained strong during the late 30s from both the public and the congress, the latter of which had passed many Neutrality Acts that restrict involvement to foreign wars, much to the dismay of Roosevelt.

Start of WW2 before Pearl Harbor[]


British Soldier holding an American Made Thompson Gun purchased during the "Cash and Cary" Scheme, (November 1940)

As the Hitler invaded Poland on September 1st 1939, Roosevelt had addressed to the American People two days later that the US will still remain neutral but still insisted that neutrality would be dangerous to the American People.

Roosevelt saw the threat of Hitler and had tried to push the Neutrality Acts issued by congress to its limits by trading Destroyers for Bases with Britain and allowing "Cash and Carry" schemes whereby countries can buy US Made Weapons. Roosevelt had called the United States the "Arsenal of Democracy" during this period.

In 11 March 1941, Roosevelt issued H.R. 1776, also known as the Lend-Lease Act, giving Weapons, Materials, Food, Logistic Vehicles any many more to Britain, then China and then the USSR to help on their wars against Germany, Italy and Japan.

In 26 July 1941, Roosevelt Issued an Oil embargo to Japan because of there occupation of French Indo-China. Roosevelt also hoped to broker a peace deal between China and Japan by cutting of 80% of Japan's Oil. This however further emboldened Japan to expand its empire into Oil rich allied controlled South-East Asian colonies to supplement its oil needs.

On December 7th 1941, Japan issued a Surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii to destroy the US Pacific Fleet so that they have time to conquer allied South-East Asian colonies. Few Days later, Germany and Italy had also declared war on the United States and the country was officially in the Second World War.


A Battleship being destroyed during the Pearl Harbor Raid. December 7th 1941 has been known as a "Day of Infamy" by FDR and Many Americans


Small Arms[]


American Paratrooper Confronting a Surrendering German Soldier with an M1 Garand

Knives/Blades/Melee Weapons

Bolo Knife

Ka-Bar Knife

Bowie Knife

Mark 1 Trench Knife

V-42 / Raider Stiletto (Used by Special Forces like Raiders and Marines)

M1905 / M1917 / M4 Bayonet (Used in Tandem with Rifles and Shotguns)


Submachine Guns (SMGs)[]


Shotguns are typically used by the Marines in the Pacific Theater

Semi-Automatic Rifles[]

Bolt Action/Lever Action Rifles[]

Light Machine Guns (LMGs)[]


Anti-Tank Weapons[]



Experimental Weapons[]

Artillery and Autocannons[]

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American Artillery Crew Operating an M114 Howitzer during the battle of the Bulge

Armored Vehicles[]

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Camouflaged M4A3 Sherman in Germany

Ships and Submarines[]


USS Enterprise, the most decorated US Ship in WW2



4 P-51 Mustangs in a Flying formation



"Little Boy" Atomic Bomb created by Robert Oppenheimer and Albert Einstein

Armed Forces[]

United States Army[]

The Army was separated by two oceans before and during World War II, after the Pearl Harbor Attack and after the Declaration of War on Dec. 08, 1941, but in the Pacific the US Army Far East Forces based in the Philippines was also attacked alone with other American Bases. This Army in the Philippines was under the command of General Douglas MacArthur.

The Army on the other side of the World was under the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General George S. Patton which started in French North Africa to the Door Step of Berlin.

United States Army Air Forces[]

United States Navy[]

United States Marine Corps[]

United States Coast Guard[]

Theatres / Fronts / Campaign[]

North African / Italian Campaign[]


American Soldiers firing an M1 Bazooka during the Italian Campaign (1944)

Pacific Theatre[]


US Marines rising the American Flag in Iwo Jima

Western Front[]

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US Soldiers Storming Normandy Beach during "D-Day"


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Naomi Parker Fraley, the Inspiration to the "Rosie the Riveter" Poster


- The United States Navy had an Ice Cream Vessel to Increase Morale on Soldiers

- The Italian Mafia helped the US Army to Invade Sicily via Intelligence Gathering of the Terrain

- The US Economy is the only Major economy of the war that Increased

- The 1998 Movie inspired by the Western Front “Saving Private Ryan” was so realistic that D-day veterans had to call hotlines because of their PTSD striking again

- Disney issued WW2 US propaganda cartoons portraying they’re characters as Nazis

- Native American Navajo “Windtalkers” used their language to encrypt information to the Japanese during the pacific theatre

- A US Pilot had shot down a flying Japanese Zero Fighter when Parachuting down to the ground with his M1911 Pistol