United States became involved in more war one for two main reasons.
The Zimmerman telegram and unrestricted submarine warfare by Germany.
The Germans were desperate by 1917 in renewed U-boat warfare in
an attempt to cut off trade to Britain.
he Telegram was not an isolated case of
German-Mexican collaboration, for Germany had long sought to incite a
war between Mexico and the U.S., which would have tied down American
forces and slowed the export of American arms to the Allieshe Zimmermann
Telegram was a coded message sent from German Foreign Minister Arthur
Zimmermann to Germany's ambassador in Mexico, Heinrich von Eckhardt,
in January 1917. The British managed to intercept this coded message
and were able to decipher it. The Zimmerman telegram was published in the
United States on March 1, 1917. It was a coded telegram asking Mexico
to join Germany's side on World War I and Germany promised that if
they join them that they would get their lost and back from the United
States. Here is what they lost to the United States: New Mexico,
Arizona and Texas. The zimmerman Telegram was the last straw for the
United State and on April 6, 1917 the United States declared war on
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
the British shared the contents of the Zimmermann Telegram with the
United States, the American public was outraged. Instead of World War
I being contained to Europe, which seemed far away, the American
public now felt the war was being brought to their own land.
Zimmermann Telegram helped change public opinion in the United States
away from isolationism and toward joining World War I with the Allies.
jh"By 1917, the Germans needed to take
desperate action to stave off defeat. By renewing U-boat warfare in an
attempt to cut off trade to Britain and by trying to get Mexico to
declare war on the United States, Germany drew the United States into
the war on the side of the Allies. War was declared on April 2. "
- germany needed to stop supplies to
britain by unrestricted submarine attacks, but was aware that this
would force america to enter the war , hence germany offered land to
mexico in return for mexican support (in the event america declared
the united states became involved in
WW1 for three main reasons
1. unrestricted submarine warfare ....
american ships were being sunk by the germans despite their neutrality
(when the luisitania was sunk there was
a huge public outcry)
2. the americans had loaned vast sums
of cash to britian and france, and unless they won the war ... america
wasnt going to get the money back
3. the zimmerman telegram ... promising
mexico all the territories lost to america in return for assisting in
the war (texas, arizona etc) (this was the final thing that pushed
america into the war)
mixed with propoganda about the horrors
of war crimes in belgium , the american public by 1917 were eager to
in my opinion america was justified in
getting involved, as the central powers (germany , austria, bulgaria,
turkey) were the war mongers who started the war ... and had no
respect for neutrality (they attacked belgium without warning , they
sunk merchant ships despite being neutral)
Why did the U.S. enter the war?
is one of America's closest trading partner
U.S supported the british by sending them money
january 1917 Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare
German U-boat attacked the Liner Lusitania which had 128 americans
promised not to attack passenger ships anymore
On whose side were they on and why?
was neutral but supported their allies (The Allied Powers)
Allied Powers is British, U.S, Russian, French
was in the war from April 6, 1917 till the war end on november 11,
sent 4 mil. military personnel and only suffered 110,000 deaths
How did submarines play into it?
submarines primary targets where merchant convoys that bring supplies
for war effort
1914 to 1918 German U-boats sank about 5000 boats
country wanted to blockade them in the water
German empire relied on imports for food and raw materials
British declared the whole north sea a war zone and could fire
upon any boatTo protect national
security, avoid foreign entanglements, encourage international trade
was one of America's closest trading partners. In
January 1917 Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare. A German
U-boat sank the British liner Lusitania 1915 with 128 Americans on
board. Germany promised not to do this to passenger ships anymore and
the U.S stayed neutral for a while. The U.S help the british by
sending them money to them.
The United States
was a formal participant in World War I
from April 6, 1917 until the war's end on November 11, 1918. Before
entering the war, the US had remained neutral, though the US had been
an important supplier to Britain and other
During the war, the US mobilized over 4,000,000 military personnel and
suffered 110,000 deaths
used in economic warfare by enforcing naval blockade against enemy
ships and shipping lanes. The primary targets of the U-boat campaigns
in World War I were merchant convoys bringing in supplies for the war
effort. From 1914 to 1918 German U
boats sunk almost 5000 ships. The German Empire relied on imports for
food and the United Kingdom relied on imports to feed its population.
Both required raw materials to supply their war industry. The British
had ships which were superior in numbers and can operate throughout
the world's waters. The British declared the entire North Sea a war
zone and said that any boat passing through it they could fire upon.
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