The War On Nazi Germany Essay

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- Two days after Britain and France declared war on Nazi Germany, on the 3rd of September 1939, President Roosevelt issued a proclamation of neutrality and ordered the suspension of munitions sales to all “belligerents” (nations involved in war.) This included its “allies” the British and the French, as they were counted as “belligerent” nations. - Roosevelt did not expect Americans to remain emotionally neutral in regards to the conflict. Roosevelt knew that the only way the British and French would be able to beat the Germans would be if they were provided with ample supplies of weapons. Roosevelt immediately began to pressure Congress to repeal the arms embargo to effectively overturn the essence of the Neutrality Acts, which would allow America to come to the aid of its allies. - The request Roosevelt put forward was that America be allowed to trade munitions with belligerent nations (nations at war, which included America’s allies) on a “cash and carry basis.” This meant that there would be no danger to American shipping, as the allies would have to supply their own ships for transport. - American isolationists were concerned at this new turn of events, however, there was enough support for President Roosevelt’s initiative for it to pass. The Neutrality Act of 1939 ended the arms embargo and permitted the sales of munitions on a ‘case and carry basis.” - Over time, public opinion in America shifted towards helping the British. The “Committee to Defend America by
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