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Dec 11 09 8:38 AM
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Three days ago, US President Franklin Roosevelt announced America was at war with Japan, the third Axis power, following the surprise attack on its
naval base at Pearl Harbor.
Today Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, made his declaration first - from the balcony over the Piazza Venezia in Rome - pledging the "powers of
the pact of steel" were determined to win.
Then Adolf Hitler made his announcement at the Reichstag in Berlin saying he had tried to avoid direct conflict with the US but, under the Tripartite
Agreement signed on 27 September 1940, Germany was obliged to join with Italy to defend its ally Japan.
"After victory has been achieved," he said. "Germany, Italy and Japan will continue in closest co-operation with a view to establishing
a new and just order."
He accused President Roosevelt of waging a campaign against Germany since 1937, blamed him for the outbreak of war in 1939 and said he was planning to
invade Germany in 1943.
Over in Washington, President Roosevelt told Congress the free world must act quickly and decisively against the enemy.
"The forces endeavouring to enslave the entire world now are moving towards this hemisphere.
"Delay invites danger. Rapid and united efforts by all peoples of the world who are determined to remain free will ensure world victory for the
forces of justice and righteousness over the forces of savagery and barbarism."
Resolutions against Germany and Italy were passed without debate. The only person who did not vote for war was pacifist Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin
who had also voted against war with Japan.
In the Senate the vote was unanimous.
Both Democrats and Republicans have agreed to "adjourn politics" for the duration of the war and focus on national defence.
They have passed a new law which allows US servicemen to fight anywhere in the world.
Following the shock of Pearl Harbor, American citizens are flocking to volunteer for the US Navy and Marine Corps which do not take
The US Army has already grown tenfold since the draft was introduced last year."
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Dec 12 09 12:26 PM
"I wasn't aware that the Navy and Air Corps didn't take draftees as of 1941."
In 1941, men were drafted only into the Army. Though the Air Force or Army Air Corps (as it was called back then) was a
part of the Army (until after WW2), it was strictly a volunteer organization. The US Navy was also a volunteer organization, which also drew many of
its recruits from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. In all wars since WW2, men have been drafted only into the US Army, unless they wanted to enlist or
volunteer - before being called up - into the Air Force or Navy. One veteran who served during WW2 as a gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress once
said that, "What I can't understand is that I volunteered for this!"
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Dec 13 09 11:40 AM
"Cars ordered not to park at night in city on account of snow plow."
I remember this city ordinance when we lived in PA. Unless you either wanted your car to be buried or hit by a snow plow, you
got your car off the street! In our case, we didn't have to worry about snow plows, as we always either lived in the country or in an apartment/townhouse
neighborhood where we had designated parking.
Elaine is sure busy, working at Carls. I, too, have been wondering what merchandise is sold at Carl's. In any case, they must've carried a wide variety
of items that one might buy as Christmas gifts. It's a good thing that Elaine has Harry Schweitzer around to give her a lift to, and form work when she
needs it! No doubt, Elaine appreciates the extra money she's making for Christmas.
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With Minnie's entry for today, as well as your adjoining commentary, you touch briefly upon a bit of my family's history. My Uncle Oskar was in that
German Army unit that spearheaded the advance to within 15 miles of the Moscow city limits. He remembered the brutal Russian winter (which often saved Russia
from enemy invasion throughout its history), as well as, the sudden and massive Russian counter-attack. He told me that "the Russian Army was like an
invasion of ants; we could mow down the first advancing rank with our machine guns. But then, more Russian soldiers would come rapidly charging at us over
their dead comrades."
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