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Explain the significance of Argentina in WWIII never really knew that Argentina was on...

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ryanthegreat | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 13, 2012 at 3:28 AM via web

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Explain the significance of Argentina in WWII

I never really knew that Argentina was on the Allied Powers side, nor did I even know that they were involved, but, exactly what did they do and was it important?

 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM (Answer #1)

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Argentina eventually joined the Allied forces in the second World War, but they had little impact on the events or outcome of the conflict.  The South American nation remained neutral for the vast majority of the war, and hoped to benefit economically from trading with both the Axis and Allied powers as a way to help strengthen the country that had been devastated by the Great Depression.  Argentina had one of the world's highest GDPs before the economic collapse, and the resulting economic problems also plunged the nation into a period of political instability that was marred by military coups, corruption, and executions.  Argentina was in no shape to enter a global conflict due to its own political turmoil. 

Once Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor the U.S. put great pressure on all of the Americas to show a united front against the Axis powers.  Argentina resisted this push initially resulting on economic pressure from the United States.  Argentina eventually joined the Allies in 1945, only months before the end of the war.  A few thousand troops saw action in the conflict, but the reality is that Argentina have a very insignificant role in World War II.

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