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.
5.6 With the Japanese failing to respond to the Potsdam Declaration, one could make a strong argument for why the atomic bomb should’ve been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. With earlier battles ending with large amounts of bloodshed, especially Okinawa and Iwo Jima, it was estimated that the United States would have had approximately one million casualties and the British around half a million if they would’ve continued their island hopping campaign. The Japanese were showing no signs of surrender, willing to not only fight to the death but commit suicide rather than to accept defeat. This allowed the US to imply that the war would drag on longer than it already had, making a solid case to drop the bombs with the two main motives being the salvation of American lives and the speeding up of the war.
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.
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”
An American that had been deeply divided over how much aid to give the Allies was not united in a common purpose: make the Japanese pay for their attack and rid the world of Nazism and Fascism. There were many deaths, including 68 civilians (most of them killed by anti-aircraft shells landing in Honolulu) there were 1,178 military and civilian wounded, and the death toll came up to 2,403 people. Pearl Harbor was a critical moment for the United States, because until the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the United States was staying out of a war that the rest of the world was involved in. When Japan attacked the United States, our country the U.S. declared war on them. When the U.S. declared war on the Japanese, Japan and axis’ allies declared war on our
Based on the interpretation of Wilson’s war message, we can see that our relationship with other nations that were attacking us and our allies was not very strong. He first brought to congress’ attention that the German Government had announced that it would begin using its u-boats to sink any vessel approaching the ports of Great Britain or any European Coast. US relations with Germany had deteriorated throughout the first 3 years of the war, especially as German submarines had torpedoed many American merchant vessels crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Wilson’s main concern was not
To cover up their treacherous actions, they riddled the remaining life boats with bullets so that news of their treachery would not reach their American “friends”. Could this have been just a matter of miscommunication between the United States and Israel? Absolutely not. All naval ships are required to have identification numbers written in large characters on their hulls to identify its origin and the USS Liberty was flying an unmistakably large American flag at the time of the attack. Thirty-four Americans lost their lives and one hundred and seventy-one were wounded in the attacks on the USS Liberty (How Israeli Terr.
The bitter irony that Adolf Hitler, leader of the German empire, in a final testament expelled top members of his administration for their “disloyalty to the Reich and their Furher” (Monahan & Neidel-Greenlee, 2004, p. 452), did what most consider a cowardly and dishonorable act by committing suicide as the allied troops were closing in on his capture. To dwell on the final days of the war doesn’t do the book justice, there were so many heroes written about, from nurses and surgeons to the infantry that they served, too many people whose lives were forever changed by war. All the influences and change prompted by the necessity of war weren’t negative, to see the role of the registered nurse evolve from the stereotypical assistant and “hand-holder” to the sole anesthesiologist in an active frontline battle zone was exciting and helped to illustrate that nurses will do what needs to be done, that they are capable of more than they realize when a challenge is put in front of them. Of course there are stories of the hysterical nurse or the soldiers
tried to remain neutral, their efforts were conceded for the war did not only affect the countries involved in the bloody battles. At the time, Germany was heavy in its usage of submarine warfare, which targeted all merchant ships even from neutral countries. The sinking of the Lusitania, a British passenger liner, on May 7th, 1915 enraged Americans as 128 U.S. citizens were killed. American trade rights were also violated when Germany decided to reverse the Sussex pledge. Primarily trading with Britain and France, commercial shipping became difficult if not almost impossible, but likewise setting off a more anti-German feeling whilst improving relations with the Allies.
The American entry into WW1 grew out of the navel conflict between Germany and Great Britain. The Germans were using submarine warfare to cripple the British naval forces and on May 7, 1915, more than a hundred Americans were killed during a German strike on the British ship Lusitania. Because of this, the German government suspended unrestricted submarine warfare in September 1915. German naval officers later convinced the German government to let them return to submarine warfare. The return of this led to the U.S. entering the war on April 6, 1917.