Re: Why did the US declare war on Germany?
- From: Don Phillipson <dphillipson@xxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 03:05:56 +0000 (UTC)
"Mike Piacente" <mpiacente@xxxxxxxxxxxx> posted Aug. 31:
> Because Germany declared war on the U. S. on 11 Dec 41. Germany was
> 'forced' into the declaration because Italy (Mussolini) stupidly declared
> war on the U. S. on 10 Dec 41 and Germany, in accordance with the
> in the Tripartite Pact, was forced to do the same.
1. Got a reliable source for the date when Italy declared war
against the USA? When Badoglio later sought a truce, ISTR
one of Italy's arguments was that it had been legally at war only
with Britain and France since 1940, but never against the USA.
2. The usual understanding of the Tripartite (Axis) Pact is that
it was defensive but not offensivie: i.e. each signatory would go to
war to defend another that was attacked by a foreign power. Most
obviously, when Germany invaded Russia, Axis cosigner Japan
took no action.
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