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The Zimmermann Telegram and American Entry into World War I

The anniversary of America’s entry into World War I offers interested persons a unique opportunity to read, and listen, to subject matter experts around the world as they discuss the Great War and how it was meant to end all wars.

Recently in anticipation of the upcoming anniversary the Army War College's own Dr. Michael Neiberg, the Chair of War Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy, and noted World War I historian, was interviewed by BBC radio to discuss American’s involvement and entrance into the war.

Neiberg also discussed the interception of the “Zimmerman Telegram” in which Germany asked Mexico to invade the United States and distract the U.S. from the War in Europe. The “Zimmerman Telegram” was the last straw for President Woodrow Wilson, and the U.S. would soon send troops and actively enter the war in Europe.

Neiberg’s published work focuses on the American and French experiences in the two world wars.

He is the author of many books, including Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I; The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944; Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe.

His most recent publication The Treaty of Versailles: a Concise Historyexplains the enormous challenges faced by those who tried to put the world back together after the global destruction caused by World War I.

The World War I Centennial presents a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the legacy of Army American Expeditionary Forces, and honor their contributions to victory in the First World War, and honor the service of more than four million Americans who served in WWI and to remember the sacrifices of the more than 300,000 killed, wounded or captured.

Read Neiberg’ s recent blog on Defence-in-Depth on his new book The Path to War: America and the First World War a Century On(Oxford University Press) and you can hear Neiberg discuss the new book on Dan Snow’s History Hit Network.