reply to post by MyHappyDogShiner
World War 1 did not start for no reason. The spark that started the World War was the assassination of Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his
wife Sophie. The assassination occurred on June 28, 1914 while Ferdinand was visiting the city of Sarajevo in the Austro-Hungarian province of
Although Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the nephew of Austria's emperor and heir-apparent to the throne, was not very well liked by most, his
assassination by a Serb nationalist was viewed as a great excuse to attack Austria-Hungary's troublesome neighbor, Serbia.
However, instead of reacting quickly to the incident, Austria-Hungary made sure they had the backing of Germany, with whom they had a treaty, before
they proceeded. This gave Serbia time to get the backing of Russia, with whom they had a treaty.
The calls for back-up didn't end there. Russia also had a treaty with France and Britain.
This meant that by the time Austria-Hungary officially declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914, an entire month after the assassination, much of
Europe had already become entangled in the dispute.The Allies needed help and they were hoping that the United States, with its vast resources of men
and materials, would join on their side. However, for years, the U.S. had clung to their idea of isolationism. Plus, the U.S. just didn't want to be
involved in a war that seemed so far away and that didn't seem to affect them in any great way.
However, there were two major events that changed American public opinion about the war. The first occurred in 1915, when a German U-boat (submarine)
sunk the British ocean liner RMS Lusitania. Considered by Americans to be a neutral ship that carried mostly passengers, Americans were furious when
the Germans sank it, especially since 159 of the passengers were Americans.
The second was the Zimmermann Telegram. In early 1917, Germany sent Mexico a coded message promising portions of U.S. land in return for Mexico
joining World War I against the United States. The message was intercepted by Britain, translated, and shown to the United States. This brought the
war to U.S. soil, giving the U.S. a real reason to enter the war on the side of the Allies.
'WW2 started because American's really needed to be distracted from the misery they were experiencing during the depression'?..... No, the War
officially began on September 1, 1939, when Germany attacked Poland. Germany then crushed six countries in three months — Denmark, Norway, Belgium,
Luxembourg, — and proceeded to conquer Yugoslavia and Greece The Netherlands, and France. The UK and its commonwealth were pretty much fighting the
Nazis on there own at this point (The Battle of Britain was a major turning point) . America did not enter the war (but did keep us Brits supplied
with a much needed resources) until Japan`s plans for expansion in the Far East led it to attack Pearl Harbour in December 1941.