Zimmermann Telegram
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Zimmermann Telegram

On January 16, 1917, after the German government’s decision to resume unrestricted submarine warfare (from February 1, 1917), Arthur Zimmermann, secretary of state at the German foreign ministry, sent a coded telegram to the German ambassador in Washington, Johann Heinrich Graf von Bernstorff, to be forwarded to the German ambassador in Mexico, Heinrich von Eckardt. The telegram instructed Eckardt to propose to the Mexican government an alliance against the United States. In re…

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Pöhlmann, Markus, “Zimmermann Telegram”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0666>
First published online: 2015

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