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What necessitated the entry of USA in the First World War?

Asked by Topperlearning User 7th April 2015, 9:39 AM
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In the year 1915, the German U-Boats sunk a British ship named Lusitania. Among the passengers on board, 128 were Americans. The US so far had followed an isolationist policy but in reality was more sympathetic towards the allied powers. The sinking of the Lusitania, however, decidedly turned the tide of opinion against the Germans. Furthermore, the Allies had borrowed heavily from the USA in order to finance arms, ammunition and other goods for the war. The Americans felt that if Germany won the war, it would become a serious competitor arrayed against it. Hence, on 6 April 1917, USA declared war on Germany.

Answered by Expert 7th April 2015, 11:39 AM
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