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The U.S. now at war with Austria-Hungary
Detail from a US recruitment poster during the First World War Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

The U.S. now at war with Austria-Hungary

Washington, 6 December 1917 - A state of war now exists between the United States and Austria-Hungary.

This is according to a Washington telegram drafted by Mr Flood, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the US House of Representatives, which is in accordance with the following resolution by President Woodrow Wilson:

‘Whereas, the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Government has shown its hostility to the Government and people of the United States by severing diplomatic relations has formally adhered to the ruthless policy of submarine warfare adopted by its Ally, the Imperial German Government, with which the United States is at war, and has given its Ally every support on land and sea in the prosecution of the war against the Government and  people of the United States of America, therefore, be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, that a state of war is hereby declared to exist, and to have existed, since noon of the 5th day of December, 1917, between the United States of America and the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Government, and that the President be, and is hereby, authorised and directed to employ the entire naval and military forces of the United States and the resources of the Government to carry on the war against the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Government, and, to bring the conflict to a successful termination, all the resources of the country are hereby pledged by the Congress of the United States.’

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.