On this date in History .... 1941:
Hitler declares war
on the United States.
Hitler had a
verbal agreement with Japan that Germany
would join Japan in a war against the U.S. but was unsure on how that would
come about. The bombing of Pearl Harbor was the perfect opening, even though
the attack had surprised even Germany.
German Foreign Minister von Ribbenthrop feared
the addition of the U.S. would overwhelm Germany’s war effort but Hitler didn’t
agree. He thought Japan was stronger than they actually were and figured once
Japan defeated the U.S. then Japan would help Germany defeat Russia.
declaration of war had been delivered, Hitler addressed the Reichstag, claiming
the true cause of the war was entirely the fault of Roosevelt and his failed
New Deal, accusing FDR of inciting war, falsifying causes, then wrapping
himself in “Christian hypocrisy and slowly but surely leads mankind to war”. At the end of this speech, the Reichstag “leaped
to their feet in thunderous applause.”
FDR’s request to Congress for a Declaration of War was unanimously