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

By Donald M. Goldstein

Even though the US entered the conflict rather past due, it performed a serious position in tipping the scales opposed to Germany and its allies and in shaping the war’s aftermath. The book’s hundreds and hundreds of pictures inform the tales of the U.S. squaddies, sailors, airmen, politicians, and voters at the domestic entrance who helped the Allies win the warfare. Donald Goldstein and Harry Maihafer have produced a brilliant account of the warfare that endlessly altered the destinies of the US and Europe. DEPOSITили

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As he assembled what would become the nucleus of an American Expeditionary Force (the AEF), Pershing was summoned to Washington to meet with Secretary of War Baker. Many considered the small, timid-looking Newton D. Baker an unlikely choice for such a vital position. Baker, however, a former student of Wilson’s at Johns Hopkins, was a man of strong character and brilliant mind; he would prove to be one of America’s finest secretaries of war [2-19]. Baker told Pershing he should take his provisional task force to France as soon as it was ready.

By June 1917, heavy casualties and a series of wasteful offensives had brought French morale to its lowest point yet; some units had even mutinied, refusing to return to the trenches. Petain took hold with a firm hand, determined to suppress the mutiny, punishing as few as possible, yet being merciless when needed. In all, 3,427 sentences were decreed, representing 10 percent of the mutineers. Of these, 554 were condemned to death, but only 49 were executed. A remarkable scene took place on American Independence Day, July 4, 1917, when Pershing, accompanied by Mar- 2-21 General Nivelle.

The War at Sea 35 10277-America in WWI 11/12/03 3:29 PM Page 36 3-14 Supply ship USS Celtic. 3-15 “The Admiral’s Barge” belonging to the USS Mayflower. 3-16 HMS Dreadnought. present alongside his uncle, the Prince of Wales. ) Soon, however, Wilhelm felt the conflict between his British family ties and his role as German Kaiser. He became determined not only to develop a mighty high seas fleet, but to make it one rivaling that of Britain’s. What followed was a massive shipbuilding program, and by 1914 the German Navy took justifiable pride in its heavily armed battleships, cruisers, 36 America in World War I and supporting craft, some lurking in port, others prowling the seas, and all ready to do battle [3-18 to 3-20].

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