America’s best hour ; If you were to ask anybody in this country exactly what was America’s “best hour”, you might find several different answers. For most of us, we think of a handful of incidents where the true spirit of exactly what it means to be an American comes forth. And to some, you might hear the answer “America’s best hour is still ahead of it”, and that might be true. Nobody can tell that right now.
However in terms of American history,America’s best hour was without a doubt when America linked arms along with it’s allies and stood down the terrible threat Adolph Hitler’s Germany was posing during Globe War II would certainly have actually to represent the best show of strength, national resolve and honor in the history of the nation. And that is because during these difficult years, America did not just use its vast resources to save Americans and American interests. It is not an overstatement that by standing down Hitler, America saved the world.
Globe War II was without a doubt the most devastating war in the history of the world. The death toll global from this conflict reached over sixty million people. The aggression of the axis powers seemed to know no limitations which only makes more dramatic the brave stand that America, England, France and the other allied powers showed to stand in the face of a well armed and ruthless enemy and deny them the Globe domination they sought.
Its easy to look back now on how the greatest generation, as they often have actually been called, found the will, the determination to risk everything to stop Hitler’s armies. However we forget that at the time, there was no way of knowing if the allies were going to prevail. Early in the war, Hitler seemed unstoppable as he occupied Poland and the invasion of Europe spread to England, France, Norway and beyond giving Germany more and more leverage to spread the war to Africa, into Russia and across Asia as well. By the time the full allied force was assembled and ready to strike back, Hitler’s advances were so deep and the spread of the war so far reaching that at times it seemed impossible to turn back this evil tide of military hostility that threatened to engulf the globe.
As often is the case, it was when America entered the war that the allies began to see a chance to stop the horror of exactly what Hitler was trying to do. It took the bombing of Pearl Harbor to put the American population on alert that the isolation of the American continent did not mean that they would certainly be spared the spread of the war to their homeland unless something was done. By attacking America’s ships at harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, the Japanese brought the most potent military machine on the planet into the war versus the axis powers which eventually spelled doom for the cause of Hitler and his allies.
America’s battles on the several fronts of Globe War II is filled along with dozens of stories of courage and strategic brilliance that finally began to turn the war to the favor of the allies. It took courageous decision making at the rather top levels of command to make that decision to use the most devastating weapon man had ever known to strike Japan and speed the end of conflicts. The toll of dropping nuclear weapons on Japan was horrific However America’s president knew that by ending the conflict, tens of thousands of American lives would certainly be saved. Only that made it a justifiable attack. However that attack alone did not bring Hitler to his knees. The turn of fortunes began on D-Day on June 5, 1944. This massive assault on the beaches of Normandy France caught the German defenders by surprise. Nevertheless, the cost in lives was tremendous as American and allied troops staged that massive invasion to begin to bring the Nazi war machine down.
We can only look back along with gratitude to the brave men and woman who fought to keep America and the Globe free from Hitler’s plans of Globe domination. And by stopping him, we can truly say, this was America’s best hour.