The Germans sent Lenin back to Russia ten days after U.S. entry into WW1. Does anyone know of primary source evidence that the Germans thought of Lenin as a possible way to counter U.S. entry by removing the Russians from the war?

  • Doesn't sound like an accident. Of course neither were the Hindenburg Offensives... Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 18:26
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    There is no connection. The answer of @sds is correct.
    – Alex
    Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 2:54

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The timing was much more connected to the Russian February Revolution than to the US Declaration of War.

It takes time for such operations to be planned, organized, and carried out; it is unthinkable that it could have been done in few days. Moreover, it made an eminent sense for the Germans to send the Russian Boleshevik exiles back to Russia regardless of any US policy.

See the answer to another recent question for more details.

  • Imperial Germany had a "German 9th Army problem" in World War 1 just like World War 2 ironically. Both survived too interestingly. Commented Nov 4, 2016 at 4:04

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