When the German Empire tested the French in Morocco the U.S. was quick to respond and side with the French. Yet, in contrast, during WWI when France was occupied by Germany, the U.S. declared neutrality in the war. America did not aid France until two and a half years into the war. Germany had originally intended for a swift victory over France with the use of the Schlieffen Plan, which utilized a circular path or wheel route to come behind French forces to take them quickly by surprise. This was the best and quickest course of action so Germany could focus their troops on Russia as to avoid a two front war. This plan, as sound as it appeared, proved ineffective. The French intercepted radio communications from Germany and took advantage of a hole in the schlieffen plan and were able to slip through the German forces and flank them. By the fall of 1914 all swift war plans had failed and a stalemate had emerged. French forces were now in a war of attrition with Germany that spanned a brutal five-year time frame. France was on the front line of brutal trench warfare in their homeland and the U.S. waited two and a half long years before intervening.
A similar example can be found in WWII, America declared neutrality at the start of the war. Eventually, America joined the war in 1941 after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor; the only reason for a sleeping giant to enter the war was because of a tactless invasion. In 1942 America severed all diplomatic ties with France when Nazi Germany took over Vichy, France. This act put a strain on the French-American relations since it had become a puppet state occupied by Nazi forces. Not all of France was under Nazi control though. At the storming of Normandy, U.S. President Eisenhower met with Charles...
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