January 31 1917 – Germany Resumes Unrestricted Submarine Warfare

January 31 1917 – Germany Resumes Unrestricted Submarine WarfareRate this post Fifteen months after calling off the highly effective U-boat attacks against merchant ships nearing the British Isles, German Kaiser Wilhelm II agreed to allow unrestricted submarine warfare on January 31, 1917. The following day, the waters around Britain were once again fair game — a fact which soon turned the United States from a non-combatant to an active participant. At the start of World War I, Germany and Britain both realized the best way to affect the opposition’s warmaking capacity would be forming a blockade to prevent supplies arriving by sea. Both countries required imports of food and materiel […]

January 31 1950 – US President Harry Truman announces plans for a hydrogen atomic bomb

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January 31 1950 – US President Harry Truman announces plans for a hydrogen atomic bombRate this post On January 31, 1950, responding to an escalating Cold War and an imminent need for the possession of thermonuclear weapons, President Harry S Truman announced his decision to approve work on a Hydrogen bomb. In the later part of the 1930s, nuclear fission was discovered. With this momentous discovery, the race to creating the first atomic bomb in the world set off. In the US, this dream came about from Albert Einstein’s letter to President Roosevelt which detailed out the possibility of creating a bomb of hitherto unknown capabilities from Uranium. In 1942, […]