The Senate and House of Representatives approved the war declaration unanimously with the exception of one vote - Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin became the first member of Congress to vote "no" on both the declaration of war on Germany during World War I and the declaration of war on Japan in - and FDR signed the resolution that day. Franklin Roosevelt gave one of his most famous speeches to Congress on December 8, when he asked Congress to declare war on Japan.
The minute address, which he had written himself, was broadcast to the nation. The day after it was delivered, an inaccurate and misleading translation of portions of the address appeared in The New York Times.
Although this historic address should be of particular interest to Americans, a complete text has apparently never before been made available in English. This translation is my own, as are the brief clarifications given in brackets. Men of the German Reichstag! A year of world-historical events is coming to an end.
A year of great decisions is approaching. In this grave period I speak to you, deputies of the Reichstag, as the representatives of the German nation. In addition, the entire German nation should also review what has happened and take note of the decisions required by the present and the future.
After the repeated rejection of my peace proposal in by the British prime minister [Winston Churchill] and the clique that supports and controls him, it was clear by the fall of that year that this war would have to be fought through to the end, contrary to all logic and necessity.
You, my old Party comrades, know that I have always detested half-hearted or weak decisions. If Providence has deemed that the German people are not to be spared this struggle, then I am thankful that She has entrusted me with the leadership in a historic conflict that will be decisive in determining the next five hundred or one thousand years, not only of our German history, but also of the history of Europe and even of the entire world.
The German people and its soldiers work and fight today not only for themselves and their own age, but also for many generations to come. A historical task of unique dimensions has been entrusted to us by the Creator that we are now obliged to carry out. The western armistice which was possible shortly after the conclusion of the conflict in Norway [in June ] compelled the German leadership, first of all, to militarily secure the most important political, strategic and economic areas that had been won.
Consequently, the defense capabilities of the lands which were conquered at that time have changed.
From Kirkenes [in northern Norway] to the Spanish frontier stretches the most extensive belt of great defense installations and fortresses. Countless air fields have been built, including some in the far north that were blasted out of granite.
The number and strength of the protected submarine shelters that defend naval bases are such that they are practically impregnable from both the sea and the air. They are defended by more than one and a half thousand gun battery emplacements, which had to be surveyed, planned and built.
A network of roads and rail lines has been laid out so that the connections [to the installations] between the Spanish frontier and Petsamo [in northern Norway] can be defended independently from the sea. The installations built by the Pioneer and construction battalions of the navy, army and air force in cooperation with the Todt Organization are not at all inferior to those of the Westwall [along the German frontier with France].
The work to further strengthen all this continues without pause. I am determined to make this European front impregnable against any enemy attack. This defensive work, which continued during the past winter, was complemented by military offensives insofar as seasonal conditions permitted.
German naval forces above and below the waves continued their steady war of annihilation against the naval and merchant vessels of Britain and her subservient allies. During the past summer Germany was supported in this struggle above all by her Italian ally.
For many months our ally Italy bore on its shoulders the main weight of a large part of British might. Only because of the enormous superiority in heavy tanks were the British able to bring about a temporary crisis in North Africa, but by March 24 of this year a small combined force of German and Italian units under the command of General [Erwin] Rommel began a counterattack.
Agedabia fell on April 2. Benghazi was reached on the 4th. Our combined forces entered Derna on the 8th, Tobruk was encircled on the 11th, and Bardia was occupied on April The achievement of the German Afrika Korps is all the more outstanding because this field of battle is completely alien and unfamiliar to the Germans, climatically and otherwise.
As once in Spain , so now in North Africa, Germans and Italians stand together against the same enemy. While these daring actions were again securing the North African front with the blood of German and Italian soldiers, the threatening clouds of terrible danger were gathering over Europe.The Sportpalast speech (German: Sportpalastrede) or total war speech was a speech delivered by German Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels at the Berlin Sportpalast to a large but carefully selected audience on 18 February calling for a total war, as the tide of World War II was turning against Nazi Germany and its Axis allies..
It is . Go here for more about Woodrow Wilson. Go here for more about Wilson's War Message. It follows the full text transcript of Woodrow Wilson's War Message, delivered at Washington D.C. - April 2, Gentlemen of the Congress, I have called the Congress into extraordinary session because there are.
And we’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict, of which if the people in this room, the people in the church, do not bind together and really form what I feel is an aspect of the church militant, to really be able to not just stand with our beliefs, but to fight for our beliefs against this new barbarity that’s starting, that will completely .
A Time to Break Silence.
By Rev. Martin Luther King. By , King had become the country's most prominent opponent of the Vietnam War, and a staunch critic of overall U.S. foreign policy, which he deemed militaristic. Which two sentences in this excerpt from President Woodrow Wilson's speech "War Message" argue that offense is the best defense for America in the face of German aggression?5/5(2).
Ever notice? Only those that speak against c3 Church Leaders & Politicians are being refused free speech! (Also notice, the ones that hate free speech are the ones that free speech exposes as political criminals).