What were some similarities between the European and Pacific theaters during World War II?

Some similarities between the European and Pacific theaters during World War II include that both were difficult and deadly for the U.S. and racial conflicts underpinned both fights, although they might have been more nuanced in the Pacific theater. Both theaters involved several countries and two partnerships: the Allies and the Axis powers. The war in both territories concluded when the Axis fighters were overpowered by the Allied forces.

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There are many differences between the European and Pacific theaters during World War II, including that the US entered the Pacific theater in response to the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. According to the National World War II Museum,

On December 7, 1941, Japan staged a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, severely damaging the US Pacific Fleet. When Germany and Italy declared war on the United States days later, America found itself in a global war. Japan launched a relentless assault that swept through the US territories of Guam, Wake Island, and the Philippines, as well as British-controlled Hong Kong, Malaya, and Burma. Yet, with much of the US fleet destroyed and a nation unprepared for war, America and its allies decided they needed to save Great Britain and defeat Germany first.

Conversely, the US deliberated for a long period of time over whether to join the Allies and enter the war in Europe. Before Germany and Italy declared war on the nation, President Roosevelt had many...

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