America in World War I: The Story and Photographs (America by Donald M. Goldstein

By Donald M. Goldstein

Deals a concise and hugely readable account of the yank defense force first battle in Europe - includes greater than four hundred photographs that depict the awful realities of worldwide struggle I on land, within the air, and at sea - Joins Brasseys sequence the United States at struggle the United States in international conflict I provides an summary of this cataclysmic warfare and specializes in the $64000 American contribution in the course of 1917 and 1918.

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President Wilson recognized the U-boat threat and saw the 3-26 Admiral George Dewey. 3-27 Admiral William Sims. S. and British Navies. S. naval representative in Europe. S. had entered the war. Next day he met with British Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, who by that time had been named First Sea Lord. Jellicoe shocked 10277-America in WWI 11/12/03 3:29 PM Page 39 3-28 HMS Vindictive sunk off the coast of Belgium. Sims by telling him that 844 Allied ships had been sunk in the first three months of unrestricted submarine warfare [3-28 to 3-30].

Moreover, unlike Wood, Pershing’s loyalty and discretion were never in doubt. Even when he was leading the Mexican Punitive Expedition against the bandit Pancho Villa [2-10], and though he was often frustrated by Wilson’s policies, no word of complaint was ever voiced. For example, when told to pull out of Mexico, an order with which he violently disagreed, Pershing gave the order to withdraw without any complaint or explanation, not even to his staff. Wilson appreciated that. In 1917, unlike in World War II, there were no basic training camps per se.

The United States had no tanks, its fifty or so planes were nearly obsolete, and its heavy guns had ammunition enough for only a nine-hour bombardment. Moreover, there was a critical shortage of machine guns and mobile artillery, the most effective killing tools of the Western Front. In April 1917, the army’s chief of staff was General Hugh L. Scott, an able, intelligent man who had served many years on the frontier during the Indian 2-1 Poster promoting “Over There,” the most popular song of the war in America.

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