United States is one of several nations in Steel Division: Normandy 44.
Historical background[edit | edit source]
Out of all the nations that participated in World War II, the United States can be reliably called the sole victor. Safe from the bloodshed unveiling on other continents or threat of invasion, the United States supplied other allied nations, from Britain to the Soviet Union, with resources, war materiel, and infrastructure. Called the arsenal of democracy by propagandists, the United States cashed in on all the opportunities the conflict offered, replacing the bankrupt United Kingdom as the dominant capitalist superpower by 1945, positioning itself as the principal combatant of the Cold War against the Soviet Union.
It was the peak of America's meteoric rise to prominence following the War of Independence. The plucky colonial nation grew into an empire on the backs of the disenfranchised: Women deprived of rights by its dominant religion, black slaves, native Americans robbed of their land and culture, and even its own white workers. When its isolation came to an end in the final years of World War I, the United States entered global politics as a heavyweight, never to leave it again. Though mauled in the interwar period by the Great Depression and the Dustbowl, both results of its unstable capitalist economy, the United States returned with a vengeance thanks to the policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose New Deal defined American society for a whole generation.
The United States was not directly involved in the war in either Asia or Europe until December 7, 1941. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor whipped the American public into a frenzy. The Lend-Lease program to Britain and since June the Soviet Union was expanded, while the quickly expanded American military prepared to fight. Forced to retreat from its Asian colonies by the Japanese, the United States focused on defense, while aiding its European allies in the fight against the Reich. North Africa became a bloody battle academy for the inexperienced American soldiers, with subsequent campaigns in Italy and Western Europe paving the way for the American global war machine and its confrontation with the Soviet Union.
Only once Victory in Europe was secured did the United States focus on finishing off the Empire of Japan alongside its Chinese, British, and Soviet allies, with the final stroke being the nuclear bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima - the first bombs of the Cold War.