The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence and America’s entry into the First World War

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In January 1917, the German Foreign Secretary, Arthur Zimmermann, sent his notorious - almost unbelievable - telegram, inviting Mexico to invade the United States.

The fallout from this political blunder set the United States on course for war.

Telling the even more remarkable backstory to this key moment, this talk will explore how the British intercepted, decoded and eventually convinced the Americans of the veracity of this extraordinary document. Speaker Dr Daniel Larson will use the telegram as the centrepiece of a broader discussion of British and German intrigue and espionage in the United States during the First World War.

Cost: Free of Charge


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The National Archives,

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