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Declaring War on Two Fronts

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S.J. Res. 119, Joint Resolution...
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S.J. Res. 119, Joint Resolution Declaring War with Germany, December 11, 1941

The House and Senate adopted a joint resolution, S.J. Res.119, declaring war against Germany, on December 11, 1941. This first draft of the resolution shows that the Senate used the declaration of war against Japan, S.J. Res. 116, as the basis of the document and replaced references to “Japan” with “Germany.”

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration