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Lenny asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 7 years ago

Could FDR prevent WWII from hapenning at all?

I guess, he was in the position to stop that war in both regions, by recognizing (and it was easy to do so) the driving forces for and against war in Japan and in Germany and by playing politics and economics the way to suppress pro-war forces and to boost anti-war ones.

Japan - growing industries hungry for raw resources. US embargo had left Japan no other options but occupying territory where resources are located (partially succeeded) and by knocking out US navy from the game (failed). Japan would be receptive to becoming peaceful nation if FDR allowed them to buy oil and other resources they need at the open market and to sell their goods to, say US and Latin American countries. He could further press Britain to open British colonies to Japanese goods. But even if UK would not agree, Americas would be enough to keep Japan as friend and ally of US.

Germany - slightly more complicated, since FDR would have to convince UK and France there to play along. But subtle threat of sanctions would be convincing enough to convince US Entente allies to take Nazi ideology very seriously and to use military force (very minor) to make Hitler's first attempts to violate Versailles very costly. If couple of German platoons sent to Rhine demilitarized zone over objection of German military be annihilated by French army, Hitler would commit suicide much earlier than 1945 and there would be no WWII.


@ Nomadd

The depth of your argumentation and the vast knowledge of historical facts you showed in your reply is amazing. Wow. Just Wow.

13 Answers

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    Yes if he and all these had Not Funded Hitler from 1924

    as soon as hitler came out of Prison the Rockefeller foundation funded Hitler to the tune of 32 Million up to 1932 just so they could make Money when Hitler went to war with the Communists

    then when the Nazi party was Broke JP Morgan and associates set up he Hitler fund to ensure the Nazis could Run int he 1933 elections Raised $840 Million United States Dollars

    these are Some of Hitlers Supporters from 1924 you will Find the Rest in the Link provided

    1924 Rockefeller Invest in Hitler and the NAZI party

    1933 FDR Rockefeller's Prescott Bush Lindbergh Warburg of the chase bank Used JP morgan and Associates to set Up the Hitler Fund this Raised the Money Hitler needed to Contest the 1933 elections that Put Hitler in Power

    1933 Ford sets Up Factories in Russia and Germany

    1933 ITT GM start to Build Hitler war machine In germany and Built Most of Hitlers Tanks

    1938 IBM sets up hitlers census this later was used to Round Up the Jews

    1940 Standard Oil IG Farben Texaco set up 40 petrochemical plants in Germany and Occupied countries the Biggest was at Buna In Poland using 83,000 slaves with assistance from Dupont producing 97% of the Luftwaffe Fuel

    1943 ITT engineer flies to madrid to give the NAZIS a New Navigation system for the ITT owned Fokker wolfs later this Navigation system was fitted into the V1 and the V2

    1941 GM starts to Build the US army's worst tank the Sherman remember they had Been Building Tigers and Panthers

    so the worst the Sherman was the More they needed to make ( Money was the Motivation )

    1922, payments by I.G. Farben and General Electric in 1933, followed by the Standard Oil of New Jersey and I.T.T. subsidiary payments to Heinrich Himmler up to 1944. US multi-nationals under the control of Wall Street profited handsomely from Hitler's military construction program in the 1930's and at least until 1942.

    Henry Ford was an early (1922) Hitler backer and Edsel Ford continued the family tradition in 1942 by encouraging French Ford to profit from arming the German Wehrmacht. Subsequently, these Ford-produced vehicles were used against American soldiers as they landed in France in 1944. For his early recognition of, and timely assistance to, the Nazis, Henry Ford received a Nazi medal in 1938. The records of French Ford suggest Ford Motor received kid glove treatment from the Nazis after 1940.

    in 1939 ITT and GM financed SKF in Gotenburg to ensure that they could Supply all the ball bearing needed to Build hitlers Trucks tanks and aircraft and in 1943 SKF of Philadelphia sent 600,000 units a year Via spain to Germany and Failed to supply the US army more than 23 % of their needs


    Feb. 23-Mar. 13, 1933:

    (The Hjalmar Schacht account at Delbruck, Schickler Bank)

    Political Contributions by Firms (with selected affiliated directors) Amount

    Pledged Percent of

    Firm Total

    Verein fuer die Bergbaulichen Interessen (Kitdorf) $600,000 45.8

    I.G. Farbenindustrie (Edsel Ford, C.E. Mitchell, Walter Teagle, Paul Warburg) 400,000

    Automobile Exhibition, Berlin (Reichsverbund der Automobilindustrie S.V.) 100,000

    A.E.G., German General Electric (Gerard Swope, Owen Young, C.H. Minor, Arthur Baldwin) 60,000

    Demag 50,000

    Osram G.m.b.H. (Owen Young) 40,000

    Telefunken Gesellsehaft ruer

    drahtlose Telegraphic 85,000

    Accumulatoren-Fabrik A.G.

    (Quandt of A.E.G.) 25,000 Total from industry 1,310,000 99.9 % of what was prommised

    Plus Political Contributions by Individual Businessmen:

    Karl Hermann 300,000

    Director A. Steinke (BUBIAG- Braunkohlen—u. Brikett — Industrie A.G.) 200,000

    Dir. Karl Lange (Geschaftsfuhrendes

    Vostandsmitglied des Vereins Deutsches Maschinenbau—Anstalten) 50,000

    Dr. F. Springorum (Chairman: Eisen-und Stahlwerke Hoesch A.G.) 36,000

    The payments to Hitler in this final step on the road to dictatorial Naziism were made through the private bank of Delbruck Sehickler. The Delbruck Schickler Bank was a subsidiary of Metallgesellschaft A.G. ("Metall"), an industrial giant, the largest non-ferrous metal company in Germany, and the dominant influence in the world's nonferrous metal 'trading. The principal shareholders of "Metall" were I.G. Farben a company Owned By standard oil Texaco Rockefeller's and Prescott Bush

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  • 7 years ago

    Yes, he could have simply tucked tail and let the Japanese have everything they wanted. But you paint a grossly rosy and very limited picture of Japanese intent. Japan would have been happy to become a peaceful nation if only we'd let them take over the great bulk of Asia and the Pacific. Nobody in his right mind would have acquiesced to that.

    Likewise, the problems in Europe were immensely more complicated. France, Great Britain, and especially the US were simply in no position to stop Hitler, if you look at the economic and political landscape, not to mention the military one.

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  • 7 years ago

    Japan invaded China because their government literally could not control their army. Trade with the U.S. was completely normal and open until several years after the full-scale invasion of China in 1937 (the U.S. embargo was enacted in stages starting in 1940). How would allowing the sale of American oil, steel, and other resources to Japan have prevented this invasion when those resources were already being sold to Japan?

    FDR had no pull over the British and French in the 1930's. They have much larger militaries and more than enough economic resources, and FDR does not have the political clout to enact "sanctions" over something as "minor" as Hitler's reoccupation of the Rhineland. The American Congress and people will generally say "why should we care? If the British and French don't want to do anything about it, it can't be that bad."

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  • 7 years ago

    the answer is no. First, he had major issues, like the Depression, and then the Dust Bowl to deal with in the U.S. Second, despite his personal popularity, America was strongly isolationist at this time. Americans tended to look at what was happening in Germany and in China as the problem of European powers, not the U.S. Third, Roosevelt had no realistic means to apply pressure on anyone. the U.S. military during the 1930s was a joke, and a bad one at that. Army recruits literally trained with sticks, the Army air corps was still using bi-planes as primary vehicles, and the number of men in uniform was minuscule. With the economy tanked, and the military impotent, Roosevelt simply had no way to coerce France, England, Germany, Japan, or even Italy into doing anything.

    He might have attempted to convince them with logic, reason, or even emotion to head off war. But in an age where it took days, not hours to cross the Atlantic, where the western allies were themselves tired of war and reluctant to risk sparking a new conflict over Hitler's demands, and where Roosevelt would likely have lost his political base had he devoted too much effort in European and Asian affairs, it's unlikely he would have succeeded, even if he had been willing to commit political suicide.

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  • Tina
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    He could have delayed it but eventually there would have been no choice. If he'd let the Japanese have the oil and the steel it would have kept them happy in their sphere of influence. It was FDR's stopping the flow of oil and other strategic materials that forced Japan's hand, they had little choice in the matter. The alternative was to withdraw from China altogether which they were not going to do.

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  • Gerry
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    I honestly do not see how any one man (regardless of him being President of the USA) could have prevented WW II from occurring in any sense of the thought.

    Japan - we have to recall that the US embargo was the result of both Japanese expansion and the atrocities that were occurring in China at the time. This is a point that is overlooked often in this forum (no fault of yours - it is however a recurring theme in "History").

    Germany - the German nation of the time had their own political leaders turned dictatorships. They were also reeling from a debt from the "Great War" that was unbearable to burden (John Maynard Keynes as we know as most notable for his resignation and the book "Economic Consequences of the Peace" that he wrote as a result of the same).

    In my view the many details that then lead to the Second World War are laying under the umbrella of the above topics per geographic area. Ironic however that Hitler, Mussolini would have a pact with the Japanese and that some believe to this day that Hitler never knew the bombing of Pearl Harbor would occur when it did.

    "Could FDR prevent WWII from happening at all?" No, to potentially place this on his shoulders alone is a slight for all the other nations and in particular Great Britain for what she endured during the course of the war by going it alone from 1939 until Corporal Hitler attacked the USSR under Operation Barbarossa.

    Source(s): Just my opinion.
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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Japan was the long term aggressor in places like China. There was nothing peaceful about Japan. It was either trick Japan by allowing them to attack Pearl Harbor since we knew about their plans due to the Japanese codes we had broken. And have no carriers there. Or recognize a long term Japanese sphere of influence in the Pacific and Asia. Se we allowed the attack and crushed them.

    The Allies were too weak to stop Germany at that point. Germany had rearmed and the Allies had only begun to.

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  • 6 years ago

    I don't think so. The WWII situation was so charged that it was hard for FDR prevent it from happening.

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  • Sun
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    Did you read where Germany, where Hitler their Leader got such a fire power? How Germany got so strong after their punishment of WW1? Of how USA became so rich Before sellfing the allies any weapons? Answer -

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    USA was the one to sell Hitler everything he needed.

    Your FDR could have "prevented" WW2 by not HELPING HITLER to start it!

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  • i dont think so. WWII was so complicated and it cannot be changed with the power of it only

    Source(s): HIstory master degree holder
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