War On a Scale Unprecedented
I was exactly ten months old on the Day of Infamy.
The U.S. government planned to attack Germany at least several months before Pearl Harbor.
The Battle of Britain had already escalated into the Battle of the Atlantic because German U-boats violated Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Neutrality Zone” on March 25, 1941.
Losing $7,000,000,000 worth of U.S. Lend-Lease goods to the bottom of the Atlantic couldn’t be tolerated.
Losses went as high as 650,000 tons of merchant shipping in a single month.
Strict anti-strike legislation was passed against workers in rearmament plants.
Most U.S. citizens knew war was just around the corner before Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “secret plan” was “exposed.”
“F.D.R.’S WAR PLANS!” screamed the headline of the Dec. 4, 1941 issue of The Chicago Tribune.
Thousands of Tribune readers cancelled their subscriptions, rallying around the cry …
“Millions for defense, but not two cents for the Tribune!”
Some conspiracy theorists claim FDR himself leaked the document to The Tribune to provoke Hitler into declaring war.
Chesly Manly (“GOAL IS 10 MILLION ARMED MEN; HALF TO FIGHT IN AEF: Proposes Land Drive by July 1, 1943, to Smash Nazis; President Told of Equipment Shortage,” The Chicago Tribune, Dec. 4, 1941) wrote …
“Washington, D.C., Dec. 3 — A confidential report prepared by the joint army and navy high command by direction of President Roosevelt calls for American expeditionary forces aggregating 5,000,000 men for a final land offensive against Germany and her satellites. It contemplates total armed forces of 10,045,658 men.”
[16,100,100 Americans allegedly ended up serving in World War II, and 690,000,000 worldwide served in it.]
According to the same article …
“One of the few existing copies of this astounding document, which represents decisions and commitments affecting the destinies of peoples thruout [graphic variant] the civilized world, became available to The Tribune today.
“It is a blueprint for total war on a scale unprecedented in at least two oceans and three continents, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
“The report expresses the considered opinion of the army and navy strategists that ‘Germany and her European satellites cannot be defeated by the European powers now fighting against her.’ Therefore, it concludes, ‘if our European enemies are to be defeated it will be necessary for the United States to enter the war, and to employ a part of its armed forces offensively in the eastern Atlantic and in Europe and Africa.
“July 1, 1943, is fixed as the date for the beginning of the final supreme effort by American land forces to defeat the mighty German army in Europe.”
According to the same article …
“In the meantime, however, increasingly active participation is prescribed for the United States, to consist of the gradual encirclement of Germany by the establishment of military bases, an American air offensive against Germany from bases in the British Isles and in the near east, and possible action by American expeditionary forces in Africa and the near east.
“For the ultimate supreme effort the war prospectus calling for 10,045,658 in the armed forces would give the navy 1,100,000, including the naval air force, and would place 150,000 in the marine corps, 6,745,658 in the army, ground force, and 2,050,000 in the army air force.”