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The Zimmermann Telegram

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No, it's not the Zimmerman man of Trayvon Martin fame, it's something I had never heard of until a few minutes ago, maybe you have, but it is super interesting if you don't know what it is.  Check out how diabolical these people are when they want something.  This is about WW1 and how we got into that war. Just a little glimpse of how they do business.  Copies of the doc at link and more info on how they broke the code. 

Between 1914 and the spring of 1917, the European nations engaged in a conflict that became known as World War I. While armies moved across the face of Europe, the United States remained neutral. In 1916 Woodrow Wilson was elected President for a second term, largely because of the slogan "He kept us out of war." Events in early 1917 would change that hope. In frustration over the effective British naval blockade, in February Germany broke its pledge to limit submarine warfare. In response to the breaking of the Sussex pledge, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Germany.

In January of 1917, British cryptographers deciphered a telegram from German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann to the German Minister to Mexico, von Eckhardt, offering United States territory to Mexico in return for joining the German cause. This message helped draw the United States into the war and thus changed the course of history. The telegram had such an impact on American opinion that, according to David Kahn, author of The Codebreakers, "No other single cryptanalysis has had such enormous consequences."

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https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/zimmermann/

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1 hour ago, Cinnamon said:

No, it's not the Zimmerman man of Trayvon Martin fame, it's something I had never heard of until a few minutes ago, maybe you have, but it is super interesting if you don't know what it is.  Check out how diabolical these people are when they want something.  This is about WW1 and how we got into that war. Just a little glimpse of how they do business.  Copies of the doc at link and more info on how they broke the code. 

Between 1914 and the spring of 1917, the European nations engaged in a conflict that became known as World War I. While armies moved across the face of Europe, the United States remained neutral. In 1916 Woodrow Wilson was elected President for a second term, largely because of the slogan "He kept us out of war." Events in early 1917 would change that hope. In frustration over the effective British naval blockade, in February Germany broke its pledge to limit submarine warfare. In response to the breaking of the Sussex pledge, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Germany.

In January of 1917, British cryptographers deciphered a telegram from German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann to the German Minister to Mexico, von Eckhardt, offering United States territory to Mexico in return for joining the German cause. This message helped draw the United States into the war and thus changed the course of history. The telegram had such an impact on American opinion that, according to David Kahn, author of The Codebreakers, "No other single cryptanalysis has had such enormous consequences."

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https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/zimmermann/

Learn something new every day. Very interesting, thanks Cinn. 

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