The Pacific Front was one of the major theaters of WWII. It was there that many brave men lost their lives, sacrificing everything for their countries. Their legacy shall never be forgotten. In this quiz, we're going to see how much you really know.
Pearl Harbor is located in Hawaii. The attack on Pearl Harbor took place on December 7th, 1941.
Japan's attack was specifically focused on the U.S. Navy. They wanted to sink naval ships to keep the U.S. from retaliating.
The U.S. joined the Allied powers the very next day. The attack on Pearl Harbor proved to be a bad choice for Japan.
Kamikaze attacks involved Japanese pilots who would purposely crash their planes into U.S. ships. By doing so, they were embarking on suicide missions.
The atomic bomb was used for the first time in WWII. The first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
It was president Harry S. Truman that ordered the dropping of the atomic bomb. This took place on August 6th, 1945.
All three of these countries were included in the Pacific theater. The list also includes the Philippines.
The American goal was to take over strategic islands in the Pacific. One major battle was on the island of Guadalcanal.
Japan invaded China in 1937. Their goal was to dominate all of Southeast Asia.
The Battle of Midway proved to be a critical change in events on the Pacific front. It took place on June 4th, 1942.
In the Battle of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sunk. The battle also forced the Japanese to retreat.
All of these islands in the South Pacific were fought over. But there were many more battles to add to the list.
It took 36 days to win the island of Iwo Jima. Today, there is a famous statue of marines raising the flag on that day, and it serves as a Marine Corps Memorial in Washington D.C.
The Japanese army was finally pushed back to Japan in 1945. However, the Japanese were not ready to surrender.
The U.S. did not invade the main island of Japan. They feared that this would cost the lives of as many as one million U.S. soldiers.
After the dropping of the first bomb, Japan still did not surrender. Another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.
Okay, finally after the second atomic bomb, Japan surrendered. This took place on August 15, 1945.
Emperor Hirohito finally surrendered in 1945. By all accounts, it was a wise choice.
The surrender treaty was signed aboard the USS Missouri. General Douglas MacArthur was in attendance.
VJ Day is the name of the day where the Japanese surrendered, from the U.S. perspective. It stands for Victory over Japan.
B-25 bombers played a pivotal role on the Pacific front. They could successfully take off from aircraft carriers, which were instrumental in the war.
During most of WWII, the Soviet Union was at peace with Japan. That changed when they attacked Japanese forces in 1945.
It is true that the Japanese were guilty of many war crimes during WWII. This includes the killing of 20 million Chinese people.
Sadly, this was one of Japan's policies. They also used biological weapons and tortured prisoners of war.
When Japan first attacked China in 1937, the U.S. sent troops to help. But still, the U.S.'s official entry into WWII did not take place until after Pearl Harbor.
All of these countries, along with the U.S., were Allied powers in the Pacific. Japan was the main Axis power in the Pacific.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was president for much of WWII. It wasn't until his death in 1945 that Harry S. Truman took over.
Chiang Kai-shek was the leader of the Nationalist Government of the Republic of China. Joseph Stalin was in power in the Soviet Union.
General Douglas MacArthur was the Commander of the Allied Forces in the Southwest Pacific. Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz served as the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet.
WWII is broken into two theaters. There was one theater in Europe and one theater in the Pacific.
Hideki Tojo became the Prime Minister of Japan in 1941. He was a strong supporter of Japan joining the Axis powers.
At the beginning of WWII, the U.S. very much wanted to stay out of things. This would prove to be impossible.
Japan joined the Axis powers. They made an alliance with Germany and Italy in 1940.
With the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan brought the U.S. into the war. Japan feared that the U.S. would try to stop them from taking over Southeast Asia.
The Tripartite Pact was signed by Japan, Italy and Germany. This was the official beginning of the Axis powers.