This lesson exposed the rise of nationalism and military expansionism in Japan in the 1930s and the dilemma Japan faced with US being its major oil supplier and antagonist at the same time. The Pearl Harbor attack, its key success elements, objective, impact, and the miscalculations of both sides were discussed. Also, the innovations in chemistry that helped with synthetic oil production in Germany and how the synthetic oil shaped Hitler’s WWII plans and strategy in Europe were presented. In particular, the role of I. G. Farben, the chemical giant, and the objectives of Hitler’s Blitzkrieg and grand strategies and why they failed were outlined. Finally, we concluded the lesson with the US battles with Japan in the Pacific and how the victory fever that initially gripped Japan turned into desperation on oil shortage and eventually to surrender/defeat.
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