The Japanese strategists thought it would neutralize the US fleet in the Pacific and keep the US from being an effective force against them. They were, as it turns out, about as wrong as it is possible to be.
In my experience, it would depend on how much US residency the man has and what date he became a US citizen. Children of US citizens are eligible to derive citizenship from their US citizen parents (jus sanguinis), but the citizen parent must meet age and residency requirements.
the goals of each major country:
Germany- Get revenge for the treaty of versallis,gain territories lost in world war I and then expand especially to the east. Also to create a new order in which Germans were the master race of Europe, the Jews were eliminated and the poles and other inferior ethnic groups would be made slaves of the German Reich.
Germany joined the war in 1939,well in reality they started it.
Italy- Also to get revenge for Versallis and to Expand and create a new Roman Empire.
Italy joined the war in 1940 during the German invasion of France
Japan- To build an empire in Asia and to rid Asia of the European powers and take over their colonies. Although Japan at first may not have had anything against America the United States became a threat to their empire since the US was against Japanese expansion. They needed to attack America in order to keep America out of the pacific or at least i believe that was their motive.
Japan entered the war in 1941 when they attacked Pearl Harbor
Great Britain- I'm not sure exactly about their motive but they joined the war in order to defend Poland. Then they were attacked by Germany themselves and after that realized that Germany needed to be defeated. Churchill always hated the Nazis and wanted Hitler defeated since even before the war,had he been in power as opposed to churchill in the last 1930s Germany probly woulda been attacked after they took austria or defintiely when they took checzhlovakia.
Britan entered the war in 1939 when they declared war on Germany
Soviet Union- Their motive i guess was to gain some territory to protect them from western Europe at first which is why they invaded Poland and Finland. Then they were attacked by the Germans so their goal was to defeat the Nazis and gain revenge on them. As they took back eastern Europe from the Nazis their goal was to spread communism to the countries they took over.
The Soviet Union techinally joined the war in 1939 by invading Poland but really got into the war in 1941 when Germany invaded them.
France- France was a divided country during WWII. The Vichy government was loyal to the Nazis and wanted to create a government sympathetic to Germany. The Free French escaped France and wanted to reclaim France and restore the republic. France originally joined the war to defend Poland but at the end it was to reclaim France.
France joined the war in 1939 against Germany. They didn't really fight until 1940 when they were invaded by the Germans.
United States- America joined the war because they were attacked by Japan at Pearl Harbor. They also fought to save demcoracy and support England against the Nazis. Most Americans felt sympathetic to the allied cause as the war started but it was pearl harbor that brought the US out of isolatinism and into the war to free Europe and defeat Japan
America joined the war in 1941 after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, a declaration that neither country had any business making
AnswerThe major powers involved were England, Germany, Russia, Austro-Hungary, France, Italy, and (later) the U.S.
The "why" question is a lot more complicated and really requires reading a few history books. Check with the reference librarian at your local library for some suggestions.
There are two different but related reasons for it. One was that the French (and British) generals just did not understand how the improvements in airplanes and tanks since the first war had changed the operational capabilities of armies, but the Germans did. The allies were still thinking in terms of marching infantry making massed assaults against enemy positions. The Germans understood that with tanks and trucks an army could move at twenty miles an hour for hours on end and just go around fixed fortifications and marching infantry and attack anywhere anytime they wanted to. For a good desription of what this meant read chapters 20 and 21 in "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" by William L. Shirer. For more detail read "The Collapse of the Third Republic" by the same author. The second reason was defeatism among the government, the military leadership and the people of France. France had been so utterly traumatized by World War I that they were willing to do almost anything to avoid another one. There were a lot of people who felt fewer people would get killed if they lost quickly than if they fought for a long time and won. As the German advance turned into a seemingly unstoppable onslought, this way of thinking came to dominate the French councils. For more information, again read the Shirer books. Michael MOntagne
AnswerWell, the French are much maligned for the Maginot Line, but the Maginot Line did precisely what the French wanted the Germans to do: attack through Belgium. Intent on fighting the war on Belgium's soil, the English and French Armies entered Belgium to assist and the Germans caught the French off balance by attacking through the Ardennes which was thought to be unsuitable for armor. The French troops rushed to where they thought the Germans would attack--the flat plains of northern Belgium--leaving the southern Ardennes region completely exposed, and getting themselves cut off and surrounded. Very few French troops were left in the way of the German army, and were basically crushed.
Once the Germans obtained such a tactical surprise, it was followed by a strategic victory. Unable to cope with the blitzkrieg tactics, the French sued for peace - England was annoyed that France had asked for terms without informing England
AnswerIn addition to above:
On tactical level the Germans had a lot of luck :
The French troops at sedan at the end of the maginot line and ardennes were (because it was judged German troops would not steer through ardennes and cross rivers) very very poor quality.
At the sound of rattling tanks they panicked and most fled (it was a french tank approaching!).
No one learned about the "molotov cocktail" ambush method to have some stopping power if no antitank guns (or rifles) are at hand especially with the puny German tanks PnzI, II and T35, T38.
No one realised that french petrol stations should have been molested BEFORE the German tanks would reach them. MAny of the (Rommel) Tanks simply took fuel from these stations and thus created thereto never seen penetration distances!
The "front" of the blitzkrieg was in fact no more than a few panzer battalions with constant aerial stuka support. the MASS of the German infantry was ON FOOT or on HORSE drawn lorries far far in the rear. Technically with a clever outflanking manouevre these German tanks could have been surrounded, isolated and knocked out (De Gaulle tried and his tanks were successful tank vs tank) but that required cooperation between land forces in all directions and the airforce... and there France had (very surprisingly) very little numbers..and the british fighters were ordered not to go to far inland (which led to resentment amongst french that brits were not prepared to join fights so that France felt they took all the blows and Britain stayed clear and thus France was quick to surrender and considered Britain should feel the bloodshed on their own soil for once...).
There were miles of traffic jams in Luxemburg and French bomber planes could have EASILY wrecked havoc there... but they simply did not think of that possibility.
The few french tanks and demolition engineers that were rushed to Belgium to stop the crossing of Germans (Rommel) at the meuse (Dinant) were held up by fleeing civilians and by the belgium road blocks and demolitions on their path as well.
A lot of stupidity and imbecility, but in all fairness that blame should be directed to governing and decision makers levels and not to the common fighting french soldier.
They fought as brave as they did 4 years later.
Some mail got through, thanks to the Red Cross. A letter from say Britain to the Netherlands in WW2 could easily take 6 months to arrive and was expensive. It was of course censored by both Britain and the Nazis.