World War II Terms

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Complete the crossword, then click on "Check" to check your answer. Click on a number in the grid to see the clue or clues for that number.
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1. Secret allied project begun in 1942 to develop an atomic bomb. (2 words)
3. FDR's foreign policy of promoting better relations with Latin America using economic influence. (3 words)
4. The Nazi's killing of some 6 million Jews and 3 million other people during WWII.
5. A nuclear weapon that produced an explosion of splitting atoms; the U.S. dropped to of them on Japan during WWII. (2 words)
8. A pact between nations not to attack one another. (2 words)
9. Four laws passed in the late 1930's that were designed to keep the U.S. out of international incidents. (2 words)
10. Deliberate murder of an entire people.
11. (1941) Pledge signed by FDR and Winston Churchill not to acquire new territory as a result of WWII and to work for peace after the war. (2 words)
13. "Lightning War"; type of fast moving warfare used by the German forces during WWII.
14. (1941) Law that allowed the U.S. to loan weapons and other war supplies to Britain and the Soviet Union. (3 words)
16. An act of giving in to an aggressor to preserve peace.
17. WWII strategy of conquering only certain Pacific islands that were important to the Allied advance toward Japan. (2 words)
18. Fortified line of defenses that France built along its border with Germany after WWI. (2 words)
20. Political theory that calls for a strong government headed by one individual and in which the state is more important than the individual.


1. Meeting between British, French, and German leaders in which Germany was given control of the Sudetenland in exchange for German leader Adolf Hitler's promise to make no more claims on European territory. (2 words)
2. Military alliance formed by Italy and Germany in 1936; later joined by Japan and other countries. Fought against the Allied Powers in WWII. (2 words)
6. Forced relocation and imprisonment of people.
7. Political system in which the government controls every aspect of citizens' lives.
12. WWII alliance between Britain and France, and later the U.S. and other countries, that fought against the Axis Powers. (2 words)
15. WWII tactic, used by Japanese pilots, of crashing planes filled with explosives into Allied ships.
19. National Socialist Party; political group led by Adolf Hitler that rose to power in the 1930s.