Why did the USA enter World War II

Why did the USA enter World War II?
That is a question that I hear every now and again. With some people saying that the USA should not have joined in a European war.
Most of the US did not actually want to join a European War, and they avoided it for as long as possible.
However:

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Why did the USA enter World War II?.

That is a question that I hear every now and again. With some people saying that the USA should not have joined in a European war.


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Most of the US did not actually want to join a European War, and they avoided it for as long as possible.

However:

On December 7, 1941, two hours after the Japanese attack on American military installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Japan declared war on the United States and Great Britain.
Japan had already made the decision to engage in war at a conference on Dec 1, 1941.
Source: http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/myths/matsum_1.html

On December 11, 1941, Germany declared war with the United States.
Source: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/wwii/gerdec41.asp

When did the USA declare war on Japan?

The USA did not declare war on Japan, it was Japan that chose war, and made the declaration of war, on December 7, 1941.


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When did Britain declare war on Japan?

Britain did not declare war on Japan, it was Japan that chose war, and made the declaration of war, on December 7, 1941.

When did the USA declare war on Germany?

The USA did not declare war on Germany, it was Germany that chose war, and made the declaration of war, on December 11, 1941.

When did Britain declare war on Germany?

3rd September 1939. Britain and France declared war on Germany, two days after Germany had invaded Poland.
The British ambassador to Berlin had handed a final note to the German government saying that unless Germany announced plans to withdraw from Poland by 11:00, a state of war would exist between the two countries.
The French did the same with a 17:00 deadline on the same day.
Source: news.bbc.co.uk/…/september/3/newsid_3493000/3493279.stm

In effect, Germany chose war with Britain and France rather than withdraw from Poland.

Why did Germany invade Poland?

Adolf Hitler claimed the invasion of Poland, with 1.5 million German troops with Naval and Airforce bombardments, was just a defensive action.
Germany Invaded Poland at 4:45 am, on 1st September 1939. This followed the the annexation of Austria in 12 March 1938, and the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 13 March 1939.

Why did Germany declare war on the USA?

Foreign Minister of Nazi Germany, Joachim von Ribbentrop once said “A great power doesn’t let itself have war declared on it, it declares it itself”.
Maybe, realising that now that the US was at war with Japan, war between the US and Germany was inevitable. Therefore it was best to be the one to start it.


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