On May 2nd 1915 the British passenger liner Lusitania was sunk by a torpedo from a German submarine. 1195 passengers, including 128 Americans, lost their lives. Americans were outraged and put pressure on the government to enter the war. Woodrow Wilson (left) campaigned for a peaceful end to the war. He appealed to both sides to try to settle the war by diplomatic means but was unsuccessful.
The Germans could’ve bombed the radars and won the war because Britain wouldn’t have know where the bomber planes were located. If this did happen, Adolf Hitler would’ve gone through with attacking Russia and possibly gaining the country. This would lead to him ruling over most of the world. Although he did make many errors along the way, it led him to fail the first attack on Britain. This changed the whole outcome of the war; failing to overcome the RAF meant that he didn’t have any control over Britain and he couldn’t
5). America was neutral and on one ship 1,260 were dead which showed that Germany didn’t care about neutrality by destroying any ship that wasn’t theirs. Many Americans were outraged at the fact they had sunk an American boat since we were neutral at the time. The Lusitania was later found out to be a ship that carried weapons and passengers. On January 10, 1917 just a few months before America went to war, America got a telegram from Great Britain.
Along with these treatments of Allied prisoners, the bombing of Pearl Harbor was also a huge factor in Truman’s decision. The attack on Pearl Harbor was a complete surprise to Americans, and it caused great damage on our naval and air forces. We received warnings of a possible attack on US soil, but weren’t prepared for it. If we were to warn the Japanese of our plan to drop a bomb if they did not surrender, there was the fear that they might move American prisoners into that area or even try to shoot down US bomber. We didn’t want any more horrendous causalities of Americans so our warning was very
• German policy on unrestricted submarine warfare would bring US into war. • 1915 – many ships either American or carrying American civilians were sunk by Germany. • Ties between allies and Americans weak but due to Germany’s actions America forced to join allies. • Did not enter war in 1915 because not ready and not all united in its response to German attacks. • Germany knew US (allies would win if US entered on their side) would enter if more ships sunk, but took the risk that Britain would be broken by then, meaning end of war.
The point that arises is , when it was known that Japan had already succumbed and an official announcement was on the cards anyhow , then why destruction of such nature was unleashed . Skeptics of Truman 's decision point to the fact that it was more of political drama , and it was the way of showing the Soviets the deadly arsenal of the country . Today the same nuclear bomb has brought up an arms race , where now quiet a couple of countries have become nuclear capable . Truman 's decision of unleashing atomic bombs has today made the world an unsafe place as bombs much powerful than the `little boy ' and `fat man ' are being developed and would be used in a blink of an eye running on the American example . In the end it can only be concluded that , killing thousands of people on the excuse of
As a result, Germany retaliated with submarine warfare, and even warned that it was inevitable that neutral ships would be mistakenly targeted. So in response, Wilson ordered that merchant ships were to be loaded with U.S. Navy crews so that they could fire at German U-boats when passing through the war zone. The outcome proved to be dire, as 4 ships had been destroyed by the time Wilson went to Congress to ask for the declaration of war. John Bassett Moore, a professor of International Law at Columbia University, who later served at the International Court of Justice, argued that, “what most decisively contributed to the involvement of the United States in the war was the assertion of a right to protect belligerent ships on which Americans saw fit to travel and the treatment of armed belligerent merchantmen as peaceful vessels. Both assumptions were contrary to reason, and no other neutral advanced them”
The Fire Bombing of Dresden: War Crime World War Two was fought in part to remove tyranny, genocide, and the killing of innocents by the evil Nazis. The fire bombing of Dresden in which some estimates say 100,000 people died, was only fighting evil with more evil. The Royal Air Force along with the United States Air Force could cite reasons for wanting to destroy the city. It could weaken morale, leave Germany in chaos or any number of other excuses, but it is difficult to fathom that anyone could consider these reasons as a just cause for the demolition of the historical city. How many more allied men would have died if they had not bombed Dresden is the question that they were to ask themselves.
He did support some of the countries in Europe, but without sending them any army reinforcements and war supplies. Germany started to sink American merchant ships and killed hundreds of American civilians. After about dozen of American ships were sank, Wilson had no chance but to declare war on Germany. Immediately after the war ended, he made the Fourteen Points, which would make the Great War the last one ever. Today’s United Nations is based on some of Wilson’s ideas like the League of Nations, which was included in his Fourteen Points.
Instead 1000’s of innocent Japanese people did. This was a major down fall of the atomic bomb, as the Americans couldn’t specifically choose who they were going to kill. The people that really deserved to die didn’t, and their country had to pay for that. Whilst getting revenge, and reasserting their self-pride, the Americans also planned on spreading fear over every country in the world. They knew that if they dropped this never seen before weapon it would shock the world and make themselves respected and feared.