Usa's Involvement In The First World War

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USA's Involvement in The First World War

There were two main events that led to the USA entering the First
World War. They are:

· The German decision to wage war on any form of shipping near Britain
and the mistake of attacking American vessels with American civilians
on board.

· The 'Zimmermann Telegram'.

The Germans declared the sea around Britain a 'War Zone' and made the
excuse that anything within this zone was fair game and they had the
right to attack and destroy it. This included merchant ships shipping
urgent supplies to Britain and also normal liners shipping people to
and from Britain. The mistake was the sinking of vessels containing
American civilians, which the USA made clear, it would not stand for.
Despite the warnings, German submarines continued to strike at
anything in the area. The most influential of these was the sinking of
the 'Listuania', a British ship sunk with 128 American losses. This
was unacceptable for the Americans and they declared war on the
Germans.

The Zimmermann Telegram was sent form the German secretary of state in
March 1917 to his minister in Mexico. It stated that the Germans would
give their support to the Mexicans in an assault on the USA. It was
beneficial to both countries because Mexico could regain territories
it lost to America in the 19th century. But it is questionable if
Germany would have been able to give very much 'support'. It was
fighting a war on two fronts, although the Russian front looked like
it was close to collapse and also, it was under a tight naval blockade
and would not have been able to get anything out to Mexico. The USA
intercepted the telegram and used it for propaganda reasons to enter
the war.

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