The United States fought Germany, Austria-Hungary and other members of the Central powers in World War I. America's primary enemy was Germany due to several of its actions designed to shift the war to its advantage. The main factors that contributed were the sinking of the Lusitania and the Zimmermann Telegram.Know More
German U-Boat submarines sank a British transatlantic liner, the RMS Lusitania, on May 7, 1915. The ship was carrying 128 American passengers. Up until this point, German submarine warfare was unrestricted. After a warning from President Wilson about violating international law concerning submarine warfare, the Germans relented but proceeded to attack merchant ships that were carrying goods to the United Kingdom and other Allied nations.
The other cause for the United States' entry into World War I was the Zimmermann Telegram. This was a telegram Germany sent to Mexico, urging Mexico to become Germany's ally and attack the United States' southern border. In return, Germany promised to provide Mexico with its former territories of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. President Wilson received the note from the United States embassy in Great Britain and made the note public. The American public and Congress then resolved to go to war against Germany.Learn more about World War 2
The Holocaust took place primarily in Germany and Poland, but also in other countries that the Germans occupied during World War II. At first, most victims were lined up and shot, but later victims were sent to camps where they were executed with poisonous gas.Full Answer >
Adolph Hitler had a number of generals who were close to him during the Nazi reign in Germany, according to the website Second World War. His second in command is often reported as Hermann Goering, chief of the Luftwaffe. Other famous Nazi generals include Joseph Goebbels and Heinrich Himmler.Full Answer >
D-Day was the first step of a massive military campaign to free Europe from Nazi control, creating a second front in Europe and trapping Germany between the Soviet Union, the United States and the United Kingdom. By forcing Hitler's armies back, the Allies reduced the pressure Germany was putting on the Soviet Union. D-Day ultimately allowed the Allies to recapture large parts of France and Germany.Full Answer >
France and Britain declared war on Germany on Sept 3, 1939 in response to Germany's invasion of Poland on Sept 1, 1939. France and Germany were allies, and they combined forces with many other allied countries to defeat Germany.Full Answer >