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Adolf Hitler

Why did Hitler declare war on the United States?

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June 11, 2014 5:22PM

Yeah, im going to answer my own question. Please feel free to argue if you do not agree on the answer. I want opinions, not criticism. Thanks Essay # 47 Why Hitler declared war on the United States Hitler declared war on the United States for several reasons. In 1938, Germany was able to stabilize their economy, making the country much stronger and more powerful. In the same year, Hitler also took over Austria and the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia. He also signed a nonaggression pact with Russia. As Hitler became more and more powerful, the United States was still isolationist, and did nothing to stop Hitler and his quest for domination over the world. Then, in the year of 1940, German troops took over Normandy, Belgium, France, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Hitler also forced France to sign a peace agreement, and was able to make them do what he wanted. This placed Hitler at the top of his career, and was in command of pretty much most of the world. Because Hitler was so powerful now, he started to show how hateful he was of the Jews, and started his "New Order" in Europe, which pretty much declared that all Jews must be killed. Many Jews were either killed by slave labor, gas chambers, firing squads, starvation, or concentration camps. Then, the following year, in 1941, Hitler started an operation called "Operation Barbarossa". This operation was meant for the attack on Russia, which became unsuccessful after the Red Army pushed Hitler back. During this time, Japan, which Germany had a nonaggression pact with, bombed Pearl Harbor. When Hitler was this, he knew that the United States were going to do something, so right after the United States declared war on Japan, Germany declared war on the United States. Hitler decided to declare war on the United States during this time, because he thought that if America was in a war with Japan already, which he had a pact with, then maybe he could try and defeat the United States by getting help from Japan. This did not work however, because right after the Allies took over North Africa from Mussolini, Hitler was weakened and began to lose lost of ground. After most of Hitler's supported countries dropped out, Germany was no longer able to stand and so Hitler admitted defeat.

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Things were desperate for the German army in the first week of December 1941. They had almost taken Moscow. However, Soviet counter attacks had destroyed any hope of taking the city and had put the whole of the German front in jeopardy. With Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour, Hitler hoped that his declaration of war on the USA, would encourage the Japanese to attack the soviets. His hope was that Soviet soldiers,including the Siberians, would be drawn away from the Eastern front to defend against a Japanese attack at the other end of the Soviet Union, hence taking pressure off the German Army.

As soon as Htler made this decision he had lost the war. This was one of Hitler's worst decisions. Right up there with Dunkirk, delay in Yugoslavia, transfer of forces to Kiev, Stalingrad and Kursk.

The Japanese had no intention of attacking the Soviet Union. Through secret intellegenge the allies new this. Hitler did not!

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Paul says he does not want his answer to be criticised, That is difficult. A more accurate answer is as follows. Things were desperate for the German army in the first week of December 1941. They had almost taken Moscow. However, Soviet counter attacks had destroyed any hope of taking the city and had put the whole of the German front in jeopardy. With Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour, Hitler hoped that his declaration of war on the USA, would encourage the Japanese to attack the soviets. His hope was that Soviet soldiers,including the Siberians, would be drawn away from the Eastern front to defend against a Japanese attack at the other end of the Soviet Union, hence taking pressure off the German Army.

As soon as Htler made this knee jerk decision he had lost the war. This was one of Hitler's worst decisions. Right up there with Dunkirk, delay in Yugoslavia, transfer of forces to Kiev, Stalingrad and Kursk.

The Japanese had no intention of attacking the Soviet Union. Through secret intellegenge the allies new this. Hitler did not! He wanted a quick fix. IUnfortunately for him, he got inevitable defeat.

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Because he was overly confident in his abilities and felt threatened by America assisting Britain all throughout the course of the war.

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Actually, the U.S. officially declared war on Germany first after the Zimmerman Code and the sinking of 3 passenger ships.