Why did Hitler declare war on the United States in December 1941? The Red Army was counter-attacking on the Eastern Front, the treaty with the Japanese did not require him to declare war and previously he avoided hostilities with the United States repeatedly and instructed particularly the Kriegsmarine to “stand down”. So why did Hitler declare war now? This video features Dr. Klaus Schmider from the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst who researched this topics over the last few years.

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00:00 Intro
00:45 Three main Areas
01:04 Hitler about Amerika
04:42 Situation Ostfront
08:19 Japan
13:05 US Policy Changes & Incident 1941
19:30 Gutting of Neutrality Act, November 1941
24:06 Pulling the Strings together
25:40 Window of Opportunity

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