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This Is How the Nazis Could Have Invaded the United States in 1942

The Axis powers (German, Japan, Italy) were the nations that fought in the Second World War against the Allied forces. The Axis powers were united by their opposition to the Western world and the Soviet Union. They described their goals as breaking the hegemony of plutocratic-capitalist Western powers and defending civilization from communism.


The Axis grew out of the Anti-Comintern Pact, an anti-communist treaty signed by Germany and Japan in 1936. Italy joined the Pact in 1937. The “Rome–Berlin Axis” became a military alliance in 1939 under the Pact of Steel, with the Tripartite Pact of 1940 leading to the integration of the military aims of Germany and its two treaty-bound allies.

At its zenith during World War II, the Axis presided over territories that occupied large parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. There were also prepared plans to attack the United States.  [via]

Taken from the March 2, 1942 issue of Life, these diagrams and maps detailed how the Axis powers could invade North America following Pearl Harbor. The Axis Plan was imagined in 6 Plans. Fortunately they did not come to fruition.

The war ended in 1945 with the defeat of the Axis powers and the dissolution of their alliance.

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