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Into the Jaws of Death, photograph of D-Day, Normandy Landing, by Robert F. Sargent, June 6, 1944

American troops wade ashore from a Coast Guard landing boat off the coast of France in a massive invasion that changed the course of the war.

Records of the U.S. Coast Guard, National Archives and Records Administration

Into the Jaws of Death, photograph of D-Day, Normandy Landing, by Robert F. Sargent, June 6, 1944

Declaring War on Two Fronts

In December 1941, Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor, ending the debate over whether the United States would intervene in WWII. Congress declared war against Japan on December 8. Three days later Japan’s Axis partners, Germany and Italy, announced they were at war with the United States. Congress immediately passed resolutions declaring war with Germany and Italy, and began to enact crucial legislation supporting the war effort.