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Post  Lamplighter on Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:28 am

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.   On April 6, Congress granted the request and the United States was formally at war with Germany, joining Britain, France, and Russia. Under the command of Major General John J. Pershing, more than 2 million U.S. soldiers fought on battlefields in France.

The reason the US entered the war was because of the Germans' decision to resume the policy of unrestricted submarine warfare, and the so-called "Zimmerman telegram," intercepted by the British, in which Germany floated the idea of an alliance with Mexico.
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Post  bb1 on Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:55 am

I must confess, LL, I've always wondered if that telegram was genuine. It was awfully convenient...

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Post  lily on Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:34 pm

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Post  Lamplighter on Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:51 pm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1500812/Telegram-that-brought-US-into-Great-War-is-found-found.html

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/document-deep-dive-what-did-the-zimmermann-telegram-say-29792028/

https://www.thoughtco.com/the-zimmermann-telegram-p2-1779982

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Post  bb1 on Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:58 pm

The Zimmermann Telegram was secretly sent from German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann to Germany's ambassador in Mexico, Heinrich von Eckhardt.

The British managed to intercept this coded message and their cryptologists were able to decipher it.

Within this secret message, Zimmermann revealed Germany's plan to restart unrestricted submarine warfare as well as offered Mexico territory from the United States if Mexico were to declare war on the United States.


They're not called Perfidious Albion for nothing.....

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Post  lily on Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:29 pm

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