Arthur Zimmermann: Decoded message text of the Zimmermann Telegram
The following is a letter the German foreign minister Arthur Zimmermann wrote to Mexico.
Germany wanted to try and beat the Allied Powers before the U.S. joined.
Germany thought if the U.S. were to be fighting a war against Mexico in the U.S. they would not send troops to fight in Europe.
This note was published in U.S. newspapers and angered most Americans. A month later the U.S. declared war on Germany, April 4, 1917.
“keep the United States of America neutral. In the event of this not succeeding, we make Mexico a proposal or alliance on the following basis: make war together, make peace together, generous financial support and an understanding on our part that Mexico is to reconquer the lost territory”