USS Greer, USS Kearny, USS Reuben James, and the Undeclared War.

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Between 1935 and the outbreak of war in 1941, the US officially maintained a policy of "neutrality." But during that period the US moved progressively towards war, including combat and casualties. The "incidents" with the destroyers Greer, Kearny and Reuben James in the fall of 1941 demonstrate that the nation was at war before war was declared.

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  • "Woody Guthrie penned a song about the _Reuben James..."_ only once his good pal Uncle Joe Stalin said it was okay. Guthrie and Pete Seeger should have been tried, along with Stalin, as pro-Hitler stooges. _Songs for John Doe_ my ass.

    somercet1somercet1Өдрийн өмнө
  • FDR knew just what to say and when to say it.

    Sic Semper TyrannisSic Semper Tyrannis10 өдрийн өмнө
  • As I understand it. In the "guarantees" to Poland there was no mention of Britain or France being required to declare war on Germany.

    Nick DangerNick Danger15 өдрийн өмнө
  • I finally see your point about pirates. Thank again for the great information.

    Kenny HaganKenny Hagan22 өдрийн өмнө
  • Historians agree that Roosevelt was trying to legitimately justify us being at war with Germany. But even the sneak attack by Japan At Pearl Harbor, an undeclared act of war, did not cause Congress to declare war on Germany. Therefore one could argue that Roosevelt was truly in a quandary as how to goad Congress to do his bidding. After all, in the entire world of Hitler's conquest, not once did he declare war against a country. Why change now???

    Wm RayburnWm RayburnСарын өмнө
  • Dear Mr. Snow, I do enjoy watching your history video clips and I would like to make a comment. On the shelf just behind your right ear is a UK Navy officer's cap and this one bears a 'King's Cap Badge' which if you look carefully has a rounded top to the Crown. Further over in white or 'summer rig' is another officer's Cap Badge but this one is a 'Queen's Cap Badge' as it has a slight depression on the top of the Crown. I doubt that there are still ANY officers who are still on the active list now who would still be able to wear a King's Badge as they would have had to have been in office prior to the death of King George VI. I noted on Prince Philip's coffin his cap bore a Queen's Crown which as consort he would have had to change after their Coronation. I hope you find this of interest and keep up the good work on history, Sincerely, Chris Robinson, ex RNR (now aged 82!).

    Chris RobinsonChris RobinsonСарын өмнө
  • December 7, 1941: Japan attacks USA December 11, 1941: Germany and Italy declare war on USA USA: "So you've chosen death."

    Richard HallRichard HallСарын өмнө
  • Neutrality was never a viable option !! Thank you History Guy !!

    Charles AustinCharles Austin2 сарын өмнө
  • The sinking of the Maine was an accident. It is not comparable. Though it was a casus belli used by the yellow press to promote war with Spain.

    Ned LuddNed Ludd3 сарын өмнө
  • I had relatives on both sides in WWII. I had two great-uncles who fought for Germany, one went down in a U-boat and the other was captured on the Eastern front and only got home in 1950. Another uncle was in the U.S. Army and fought in the Bulge. His unit was over run and he and several buddies had to fight back through the lines to reach safety. One of my grandfathers fought for Germany in WWI. He was a sapper who went into no man’s land to cut wires and clear mines by hand. I have his Iron Cross, 2C.

    bcask61bcask613 сарын өмнө
  • Whether neutrality was ever viable has an obvious answer: no, it was not. Best case scenario for the US remaining neutral is that the Red Army still wins the war without us, and instead of the Cold War having a border through Europe, Stalin controls everything from the Southern tip of Korea to the Western edge of France. And without Russia on our side against Japan, it is hard to imagine us winning in the Pacific without the nukes (which may have been necessary even with Russia opening a front against the Japanese army), so we still see a Cold War happening even if we remain neutral with Germany. Maintaining neutrality in the Pacific was basically impossible too, and to even have a chance would require just giving every island to Japan. Even then, the result is probably a long term war between Japan and Russia, or a situation where Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan together hold almost all the world, lay claim to Africa, and when they've had a decade or two to consolidate their new empires, the US would then be a juicy, under-defended prize. Neutrality was not viable, the best strategy was to prepare for war as quickly as possible, with the exact timing of the formal declaration not mattering much at all.

    ArgenArgen4 сарын өмнө
  • so... Franklin decided to pretend that the neutrality wasn't a thing

    Correction GuyCorrection Guy4 сарын өмнө
  • FDR was guilty of treason against America society because we had a strict neutrality law and we should abolish all treaties and only go to war if we are attacked but the military industry complex will never let that happen and we are all slaves to the international bankers who live to start wars that we have to pay for in bloodshed ,,destroy the Rothschild s because they are responsible for all the wars in the last 500 years

    Michael FerriMichael Ferri4 сарын өмнө
  • We really do already have enough ads on MNthe without long ads being run inside the video by the poster. I accept an "this video is brought to you by ........" at the start but to my mind a long ad as part of the video is not acceptable - so no subscription and a thumbs down for you - applies to any video that has massive ads imbedded in the video.

    Joe BlowJoe Blow4 сарын өмнө
  • 'Was neutrality ever, a viable option?' A good time to ask just such a question, with CCP warships and stationary battleship islands being built all over the Pacific and elsewhere. It's a question the entire world is asking itself all over again.

    spacewater7spacewater75 сарын өмнө
  • My grandfather was commander of the USS Lansdale, another destroyer that participated in the undeclared war in the Atlantic. He left the Lansdale in 1942 upon his promotion to Captain, and served as commander of the destroyer school in Norfolk. The Lansdale was sunk by German torpedo planes in the Mediterranean in 1944.

    John FlackJohn Flack5 сарын өмнө
  • THG is the best.

    Eric RotsingerEric Rotsinger5 сарын өмнө
  • FDR was a criminal

    PM VPM V6 сарын өмнө
  • Neutrality- we not have been Americans if sailors stood by and let the wolves sink ships.

    Dragonfly HillDragonfly Hill6 сарын өмнө
  • I am surprised that a bunch of incidents didn't happen between the US and Japan in the lead up to Pearl Harbor. On the Atlantic side Roosevelt knew that we were going to end up at war with Axis eventually and that waiting was in their favor so pushing the German buttons was not a bad strategy.

    Thomas BThomas B7 сарын өмнө
  • I love that song

    Eric MeltoEric Melto8 сарын өмнө
  • Great job THG I like every documentary that I have watched. Keep it going.

    James OlsenJames Olsen9 сарын өмнө
  • USS Greer launched 1918. Greer decommissioned 1922. Greer recommissioned 1930. USS Reuben James (DD-245) launched 1919. "I have no doubt that Herr Hitler will not like this transference of destroyers, and I have no doubt that he will pay the United States out, if ever he gets the chance. That is why I am very glad that the army, air and naval frontiers of the United States have been advanced along a wide are (sic) into the Atlantic Ocean, and that this will enable them to take danger by the throat while it is still hundreds of miles away from their homeland. The Admiralty tell us also that they are very glad to have these 50 destroyers, and that they will come in most conveniently to bridge the gap which, I have previously explained to the House, inevitably intervenes before our considerable war-time programme of new construction comes into service." Churchill 05 September 1940 api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1940/sep/05/war-situation#S5CV0365P0_19400905_HOC_216

    Nick DangerNick Danger9 сарын өмнө
  • I totally agree with you, learning something new every day is a great ethos, as my dad used to say “if you don’t learn something new every day then the day has been a waste”, very wise man my dad.

    Dj PhantomDj Phantom9 сарын өмнө
  • Fantastic job on bringing little known historic events to everyone. Informative and the important information is well put together without the time running on to the glassey eyed length. They should use this in schools perhaps more children would get the history bug.

    WTF IsgoingonWTF Isgoingon9 сарын өмнө
  • Your points...observations at the end this video, are very compelling. Thank you.

    Tommy LeeTommy Lee9 сарын өмнө
  • The submarine comanders Navy asked for declaration, because they were sitting off US shores within sighting, because they said could see the lights. So the Germans had broken the neutrality of 100 miles a lot earlier. Also Germans wanted to sink ships, it took a year before the convoy system was completely installed on shipping to the United Kingdom.

    Sonya DavidsonSonya Davidson9 сарын өмнө
  • THG is one of the best in this genre.

    geoff dearthgeoff dearth9 сарын өмнө
  • It took Britain till 2007 to pay off its lead lease depts . Britain did not get anything for free from USA. Surprisingly the Soviet Union, China, or France did not pay off their Lend Lease depts.

    Sky long SkylongSky long Skylong9 сарын өмнө
    • "Over the whole period from March 1941 to September 1945, the balance in favour of the United States in the mutual aid books24 was in round terms about $21,000 millions. But by the settlement of 1945 Britain was required to pay no more than $650 millions, or £162 millions sterling. Of this, about $118 millions25 (=£30 millions) was the net amount due to the United States in the offsetting arrangements in mutual aid after VJ-Day. Approximately another $60 millions (=£15 millions) represented payment by the United Kingdom for the acquisition of tangible assets previously the property of the United States and valued at about $350 millions at original costs to the United States.26 The remaining $472 millions (=£118 millions ) were due to the United States in final settlement of the mutual aid account proper for the whole period from 11th March 1941 to VJ-Day. This sum was in fact simply a payment for the considerable stocks of lend-lease goods of civilian types which the United Kingdom held on VJ-Day and now acquired outright.27 The only other item it included was payment for the net acquisition by the United Kingdom of petroleum stocks throughout the world." page 547 www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-Civil-WarEcon/UK-Civil-WarEcon-19.html

      Nick DangerNick Danger9 сарын өмнө
    • British War Purchases, U.S.A. 14 December 1944 Mr. Craven-Ellis asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will inform the House what were the dollar amounts spent by this country for war purposes in the U.S.A. from the outbreak of war up to the effective application of the Lend-Lease Act, 1941; and if there is any possibility of a retroactive working of Lend-Lease or its equivalent. Sir J. Anderson As stated in the second paragraph of the Report on Mutual Aid published in November, 1943 (Cmd. 6483), we had, up to that date, spent some £1,500,000,000 (6 Billion 1944 USD) in the United States since the outbreak of war on supplies of all kinds. The greater part of this expenditure was incurred in connection with contracts placed before the application of the Lend-Lease Act (March 1941). As regards the last part of the Question I have nothing to add to the statement made by the Prime Minister on 30th November last. api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/written-answers/1944/dec/14/british-war-purchases-usa#S5CV0406P0_19441214_CWA_72

      Nick DangerNick Danger9 сарын өмнө
    • Britain paid off the Anglo American Loan of 1945 in December 2006. Items returned in "good condition" did not have to be paid for. Approx. 2/3 of Britains Lend Lease debt was written off in 1945, quote and link below. In 1934 Britain stopped repaying it's WW One debt, 4.4 Billion 1934 USD and still outstanding in 2006, see BBC Whats a little debt between friends? Britain received over 31 Billion 1945 USD from Lend Lease. In 1945 the USA and Canada loaned to Britain almost 5 Billion 1945 USD as mentioned before. In 1948 the USA gave Britain 2.7 Billion USD to rebuild, West Germany received 1.7 Billion, see BBC Wasting Marshall Aid. Lord McIntosh of Haringey Under a 1945 agreement, the United States Government lent the United Kingdom a total of $4,336 million (around £1,075 million at 1945 exchange rates) in war loans. These loans were taken out under two facilities: (i) a line of credit of $3,750 million (around £930 million at 1945 exchange rates); and (ii) a lend-lease loan facility of $586 million (around £145 million at 1945 exchange rates), which represented the settlement with the United States for lend-lease and reciprocal aid and for the final settlement of the Financial claims of each government against the other arising out of the conduct of the Second World War. api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/written-answers/2002/may/27/united-states-war-loans-to-uk

      Nick DangerNick Danger9 сарын өмнө
  • The old destroyers , which became known as Four Stackers were used for Coastal Escorts, though they did have their moments.. Two were Escorts for Oeperation Tiger in April 1944 at Slapton Sands. Another the former USS Buchanan, wa srenamed HMS Cambeltown.

    51WCDodge51WCDodge9 сарын өмнө
  • Its odd that you consider convoy escorts to be a crass violation of neutrality and piracy to be just an exciting way to embellish a story when in fact they are not. Piracy is the legal term under international law for engaging in commerce raiding which was the only function of the German U Boats at the time. So long as the United States Navy restricted its engagements against U Boats that were actively engaged in commerce raiding under international law there was no requirement for a declaration of war nor was it a violation of neutrality. If history deserves to be remembered, it deserves to be remembered correctly and factually.

    Scott ShadrickScott Shadrick9 сарын өмнө
  • Now tonight, there are lights in our country so bright In the farm and in the cities they're telling of the fight And now our mighty battleships will steam the bounding main And remember the name of that good Reuben James . . . .

    John BurtJohn Burt10 сарын өмнө
  • "Shoot on sight" was the order relative to U-boats the US destroyers on the ''Neutral Patrols" received then.

    Charles putnam1982Charles putnam198211 сарын өмнө
  • Sir, can you make a video on the escape of HMS Amethyst out of China after the 1949 fall of Peking ?

    Charles putnam1982Charles putnam198211 сарын өмнө
  • Awesome. Someone else has same philosophy " learn something new everyday"

    Robert DukettRobert Dukett11 сарын өмнө
  • Here is the thing about law and war. The only thing that matters when determining the legality of an action is who won the war. That's why the sinking of the Lusitania is illegal but the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff isn't. That's why its wrong for the Germans to sink every thing in sight with U boats and its OK for the US to do the same in the Pacific. Technically even the Holocaust was a legal action, but the allies won the war and now genocidal acts of the like are very much illegal (though the US rarely actually holds this up cough cambodia cough yugoslavia cough rwanda cough) It isn't what you do, it's what you can get away with.

    Patton KesselringPatton Kesselring11 сарын өмнө
  • Skip the first 2:45. It is all advertisement.

    Tom BombadilTom Bombadil11 сарын өмнө
  • American rightwing conservatives did not want war with Germany

    jrjohnryanjrjrjohnryanjr11 сарын өмнө
  • Evil proliferates when ostensibly good people stand by and refuse to enter the fray. This was the position of many in the U.S. in post WWI America, and was a major factor in allowing Hitler to gain power. America and England learned that we must have a presence militarily in Germany to prevent another takeover attempt. If the U.S. had flexed our formidable muscles back in the 1930s, we may have prevented 65,000,000 deaths, but the majority were not wanting to be dragged into another European fiasco. Prepare for war so you may enjoy and prolong peace.

    Michael C.Michael C.11 сарын өмнө
  • Any water we deem necessary...up to Hitler's bathtub, lol.

    Daniel HammondDaniel HammondЖилийн өмнө
  • your the best thanks

    zig0915zig0915Жилийн өмнө
  • What were their names? One was my Uncle. Karl Drinkwater. An uncle I never got to meet.

    Mark HardingMark HardingЖилийн өмнө
  • Undelared war is a long habit for USA

    holychitlingravyholychitlingravyЖилийн өмнө
  • I believe that Kearny is pronounced "car-knee." At least that's the way I heard WWII vets pronounce it when I was a boy.

    Donald KaspersenDonald KaspersenЖилийн өмнө
  • So the US would have entered the war anyway even if Japan didn't attack?

    Mark TTKKMark TTKKЖилийн өмнө
  • Newer subscriber so I have not seen all of your postings. Forgive me if you have already done this before, but I read once that Churchill was experimenting with using a combination of saw dust and ice to create giant floating runway/landing strips at sea. It might make an interesting side note in a WWII segment.

    Lori HundtLori HundtЖилийн өмнө
  • You might look into the maritime insurance information issue. Before a convoy ship left USA, the captains were required to deliver to the insurance company the ship's route or there would be no insurance. One of the insurance companies had an "associate" in Switzerland which received a copy of the ship's route as soon as it was delivered to the American branch. The Swiss company was infiltrated by German agents, who forwarded the route to the Kriegsmarine. That is one reason for the early successes of the U-boats. It took a while for this leak to be plugged. I would like to see a "History Guy" video on this subject.

    DavidFMayerPhDDavidFMayerPhDЖилийн өмнө
  • Sinking of the Reuben James - Woody Guthrie mnthe.info/bill/video/fNOTzH_WeXdifoA

    2catsonboat2catsonboatЖилийн өмнө
  • Another enjoyable snippet of history. FDR had the foresight to understand the evil of Fascist Germany and the Imperialism of Japan. He also understood that American Culture in mid 1900's was closer aligned with English traditions of law and freedom.

    Duane KirishDuane KirishЖилийн өмнө
  • HISTORY IS A FICKLE SUBJECT. IN THE ATTEMPT TO TELL ANY SINGLE STORY THERE IS OFTEN ANOTHER INTERTWINED HISTORY THAT GETS LEFT OUT. SUCH AS THE FANTASY THAT AMERICA WAS EVER REALLY NEUTRAL IN ANY PHASE OF WWII. WE WERE PLAYING BOTH SIDES, PRETENDING POLITICAL NEUTRALITY WHILE FINANCIALLY, AND INDUSTRIALLY SUPPORTING BOTH GERMANY AND BRITAIN. A COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE ERA WOULD PRESENT AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT VIEW OF AMERICA'S ROLE IN THE BEGINNING, THE END AND THE AFTERMATH OF THIS PERIOD OF TIME. TO THIS DAY WE AMERICANS ARE STILL AFFECTED NEGATIVELY BY OUR CONFLICTED ROLE IN THIS HISTORY. RE: OPERATION PAPERCLIP? BUT, AS THEN, WE ARE COMFORTABLE LYING TO OURSELVES. NOTHING EVER CHANGES BUT IT STAYS THE SAME!!

    Nun YaNun YaЖилийн өмнө
  • I was shocked to discover my father ( Col. William Hubbert Cleveland) flew 25 missions over France, Belgium, and the Netherlands in a B-17 from 1941-1943, then flew another 25 missions over Germany from 1944-1945. Considering 25 missions qualified you for your ticket back home to the U.S., I was wondering how many others had flown 50 missions (or more) as well.

    Mark ClevelandMark ClevelandЖилийн өмнө
  • more ads you can't skip ruins it

    m shephem shepheЖилийн өмнө
  • 12:04 Woody Guthrie was a Communist, and I'm certain he was opposed to the war until 22 June 1941.

    RonJohn63RonJohn63Жилийн өмнө
  • @thehistoryguy The first American ship sunk in WWII was the MS City of Rayville, which struck a German mine of the Coast of Cape Otway in southern Australia on 8 November 1940.

    LIM PEH KA LI KONGLIM PEH KA LI KONGЖилийн өмнө
  • Mr history guy, love the channel. But I'm afraid you have a pirate fetish. Get some help. Aarrrr, Love ya bro!! 😂

    Paul RedingerPaul RedingerЖилийн өмнө
  • I can answer the question, "Was neutrality ever a viable option." The answer s, "No. We didn't know it at the time, but that doesn't change the fact that it really was never a viable option." In that instance, Roosevelt did the right thing. Hindsight is 20/20. At the time, Roosevelt had a hard job. "Do I violate neutrality or not?" Not an easy question to answer without the knowing how history will unfold.

    Kelly RayburnKelly RayburnЖилийн өмнө
  • Mr History Guy!....another awesome history lesson...

    Hawaiian80882Hawaiian80882Жилийн өмнө
  • Yet Britain and France didn’t declare war on the Soviets when they partnered with the Germans in the second Polish partition.

    zed1966zed1966Жилийн өмнө
  • Actually "Kearny" is pronounced "Carney". There were two Kearnys in the 19th Century Amcerican Army. One was Col.Stephen Watts Kearney who led an American expeditionary force into southern California during the 1846-1848 War with Mexico. The second was Brigadier General Phillip Kearney who was killed near Chantillyl Court House, Virginia in 1862 during the War of Northen Aggression. Ft. Phil Kearney , American west, was named after him following. the war

    William DeanWilliam DeanЖилийн өмнө
  • An amazing history lesson..... FDR was a great president.

    Robert WheelerRobert WheelerЖилийн өмнө
  • Whoa !!! " Germany declared war on the USA " WTF ! I believe you are deceiving the people here. Dont forget to include WHY Germany was FORCED to declare war on the USA !!! And keep in mind that Germany absolutely went to extraordinary lengths to avoid war both with the USA and Britain

    Case opCase opЖилийн өмнө
  • Everyone knows that the Greer shot first!

    RetroTechToyboxRetroTechToyboxЖилийн өмнө
  • ....1K comments!

    James mansonJames mansonЖилийн өмнө
  • ...

    James mansonJames mansonЖилийн өмнө
  • Happy

    James mansonJames mansonЖилийн өмнө
  • I am sure I will regret this, but Franklin Roosevelt pronounced his name as "Rose" not "Ruse." It turns out that Teddy did as well. The reason why so many pronounced Teddy's name as "Ruse" is because editors far from New York, did not have access to the actual pronunciation and assumed from the spelling that it was "Ruse." ............ So, History Guy, why do you mispronounce it?

    Bruce HigginbothamBruce HigginbothamЖилийн өмнө
  • I am a Navy veteran and a history buff. Since stumbling on The History Guy I have become a huge fan. The episodes regarding little known World War II history are a particular favorite. I would love to see episodes on Halsey's Typhoon in the Pacific and the Chosin Resevoir with particular emphasis on the last stand of Fox Company.

    Robert BurdenRobert BurdenЖилийн өмнө
  • The Reuben James was in The Hunt for Red October.

    Ari GSDAri GSDЖилийн өмнө
  • Great Vid, my daughter and I learned alot, thank you for the history

    TL HomeTL HomeЖилийн өмнө
  • You sound very liberal sir. Everything the President did was dasterdly, but anything the Germans did was misunderstood or open for debate.

    John DavidsonJohn DavidsonЖилийн өмнө
  • FDR was the worst thing that ever happened to the USA. He extended the depression, created the bureaucracy that has crushed us with debt today, limited freedoms, pushed Japan and Germany into war and enabled communism to expand with the lend/lease and Malta.

    Captain CodebookCaptain CodebookЖилийн өмнө
  • Always top notch details and running account of your stated story. Thanks again

    Daniel FroncDaniel FroncЖилийн өмнө
  • Woody Guthrie Singing the "Sinking of the Reuben James" mnthe.info/bill/video/gaSyl4WUoIGqbng

    Christopher DerrahChristopher DerrahЖилийн өмнө
  • Wow this is all new history to me I never knew we encountered any Germans before we got officially into the war you learn something new every day LOL

    Rich LewisRich LewisЖилийн өмнө
  • You stop and talk about an ad or paid sponsor? WTF! What are you doing? Milking it for every cent. I just lost respect for you and I used to listen to you all the time until now.

    Bruce D.Bruce D.Жилийн өмнө
  • "This machine kills fascists!"

    Robert ReynoldsRobert ReynoldsЖилийн өмнө
  • An active role in WW2 was *ALWAYS* the main goal of FDR. FDR schemed, plotted, manipulated, lied, and eventually blockaded (embargo) the Japanese to FORCE them into attacking the U.S. in the Pacific. And when Naval Intelligence learned of the upcoming attack at Pearl Harbor, he ordered the aircraft carriers to go on maneuvers and the outdated and virtually useless battleships to remain moored in Pearl Harbor in two neat rows... all set up for the Japanese to attack and sink. Then he stalled the Japanese Ambassador until after the attack was launched so he would deliver the Declaration of War late. He needed the U.S. citizens to be royally pissed off in order to accomplish his militaristic goals and what better way than for FDR to orchestrate an apparent _"sneak"_ attack.

    News Now Twin CitiesNews Now Twin CitiesЖилийн өмнө
  • So, a Democratic President is taking all measures...but President Trump tries to do just a little and the Democratic/Socialists want him out of office. Right, don’t do as I do, do as I say.

    24Mossberg24MossbergЖилийн өмнө
  • Another great work. I have decided to not look at contemporary news, but just watch the history channel. I feel so much better now. Thank you.

    Bonnie BranciaroliBonnie BranciaroliЖилийн өмнө
  • "She belongs to every man, woman, and child in this nation." Seems like more recently our elected officials don't understand that.

    Supervillain321Supervillain321Жилийн өмнө
  • Great stuff as always. Also a Woody Guthrie fan. Double win

    SteveG 6513SteveG 6513Жилийн өмнө
  • I was not aware of this snippet of Naval history and I'm ex-RN! Thanks for a great video.

    Ian MansfieldIan MansfieldЖилийн өмнө
  • I believe "Kearney" is pronounced "Carney"

    Ronald FazekasRonald FazekasЖилийн өмнө
  • I never understood why Germany declared war on the United States? Smart would have tried to keep the USA out and go fight your own war with Japan and leave Europe alone. Declaring war on the USA decided Hitlers fate

    no angelno angelЖилийн өмнө
  • Oh God the words that may shift your thought But in today's parlance

    bryan smithbryan smithЖилийн өмнө
  • O would love to know the real facts of the creation of the federal reserve bank in the United States. Because it is still ongoing effect on US economy. Could you do a brief on that bit of history please ? Thank you for considering it and of course the research time on it.

    7curiogeo7curiogeoЖилийн өмнө
  • FDR.Worst president in US history. Fight me.

    Jeff PoseyJeff PoseyЖилийн өмнө
  • Piracy Rules !

    Fred GlaeserFred GlaeserЖилийн өмнө
  • In Oct 1962, while on board an American Tin Can", I met a Senior Chief Petty Officer who told us that his destroyer was torpedoed off the coast of Northern Ireland in Oct 1940. His stories didn't exactly match popularized history of the era. But he had a medal for it and I didn't.

    TOM MTOM MЖилийн өмнө
  • 4:15 Yeah , the US was neutral . LMAO Relaying ship positions to combatants is NOT the act of a neutral country . 5:00 This is different than Lend/Lease how exactly ? I am aware of only one transfer of destroyers and that was under the Lend/Lease program . 9:45 He is correct and that is EXACTLY what the Germans did but my guess is the US doesn't see it that way . It is also my guess that seeing Roosevelt as a bigger warmonger then Churchill who intentionally ignored the will of the American people and got us into another war that had NOTHING to do with us for no reason other than political power .

    Seemor DisillusionedSeemor DisillusionedЖилийн өмнө
  • FDR was trying to get the US into the war and pushing the line whenever he could.

    Randal DavisRandal DavisЖилийн өмнө
    • There exist papers, in which the polish ambassodor in Washington1938 warns his Gouvernment in Warszawa not to to be infected by the washington warmongers.

      typo pittypo pit3 сарын өмнө
  • Wait, so Woodie Guthrie wrote a song about a machine that got killed by fascists?

    Sean -Chesthole- OsmanSean -Chesthole- OsmanЖилийн өмнө
  • My great-uncle was in the USAAF. He was stationed in Iceland in late September 1941 and was awarded a medal for shooting down a Luftwaffe observation plane. He didn't find out about the award till after December 7th.

    Airmack EeeeAirmack EeeeЖилийн өмнө
  • Isn't the USS Reuben James also the name used for the the destroyer in the series "The Last Ship"?

    Jer in WisJer in WisЖилийн өмнө
  • I used to subscribe to a magazine that condensed books for faster reading. It was called Readers Digest.

    George MartinGeorge MartinЖилийн өмнө
  • blinklist is a further example of the idiocracy being real

    William S. TribellWilliam S. TribellЖилийн өмнө
  • Declaring war is remarkably rare these days. There have been numerous wars since WW2 - but (I’m told) not one of them included anyone “declaring war”. This has led to legal complications, where various contracts etc. that include a let-out if war is declared somewhere, have to find another way...

    Tom BurtonTom BurtonЖилийн өмнө
  • The last stand of HMAS Yarra is a. powerful story

    Anthony BaldryAnthony BaldryЖилийн өмнө
  • In the words of Hillary Clinton, “what difference does it make....”

    steve kolariksteve kolarikЖилийн өмнө
  • Wow I’ve know that Woody guthrie Song forever ! Im 47 I’ve always liked it,just didn’t understand what it was about! Thank you for the new update of information ! That song is now a deeply held song! Every thing that you have posted is amazing I have more understanding about the things that happened not just WW1/WWII KO, VO ,IO IOV2 AFGAN, AFGHAN2 THANks for explaining the things that happened during the “Cold war “ multiple incidents where the world might have ended”!!!!! All gone deaddybyes! Thanks for the “history “ thanks for the individual stories opportunity kill on tiger by “ferret with 37mm then returning to the hiding spot! That’s history! Written by those who were there! Thanks again keep it up to make sure that the next lot of stupid uneducated idiots might pass the history exams!

    Alleyn KrukAlleyn KrukЖилийн өмнө