IN CASE OF WAR WITH AMERICA GERMAN DEPUTY SAYS 'WE ARE READY'
Copenhagen, Denmark (JFK+50) 100 years ago today, March 7, 1917, Deputy Minister Fuhrmann, representing the Rhine provinces, said that "giving in to America at the present moment would be interpreted as a sign of weakness."
Mr. Fuhrmann, who was attending a peace conference in Cologne*, went on to say...
"In case war comes, we Germans would say: 'We are ready, come on Mr Wilson.'"
*Cologne, the 4th largest city of Germany, is located on both sides of the Rhine River less than 80 km from Belgium. By 1914, the city's population was 700,000. During WWI it was turned into a fortress with two fortified belts surrounding the city.
Although the targets of air raids, Cologne suffered only minor damage in WWI, but she was hit 262 times during WWII with 20,000 civilian casualties. The central part of the city was wiped out.
"'We're Ready for U.S.,' German Says," Chicago Daily Tribune, March 8, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/