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

By Donald M. Goldstein

Bargains a concise and hugely readable account of the yank defense force first conflict in Europe - includes greater than four hundred images that depict the bleak realities of global conflict I on land, within the air, and at sea - Joins Brasseys sequence the US at struggle the USA in international struggle I offers an outline of this cataclysmic warfare and specializes in the $64000 American contribution in the course of 1917 and 1918.

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For his chief-of-staff, Pershing selected General James G. Harbord. On May 19, Pershing, Harbord, and their headquarters staff sailed for Europe on the USS Baltic. Pershing’s orders read: In military operations against the Imperial German Government, you are directed to cooperate with the forces of the other countries employed against that enemy; but in so doing the underlying idea must be kept in view that the forces of the United States are a separate and distinct component of the combined forces, the identity of which must be preserved.

Married men were exempted, but anyone rushing into marriage to avoid conscription was thwarted— marriages after April 6, 1917, did not count. For the most part, the draft was well received; in the patriotic aura of 1917, no one wanted to be considered a “slacker,” a term coined in England for British citizens in America who failed to return to Britain in order to serve. There was however a small percentage of conscientious objectors, some of whom were drafted and placed in noncombat jobs. S. draft by closing its borders to American men of military age.

The following month, June 1917, sixty merchant ships crossed in convoy without a single loss. Typically, some ten to fifty merchant ships, as well as one or more troop transports, traveled together and were escorted by a cruiser, a half-dozen destroyers, armed trawlers, and torpedo boats [4-1, 4-2]. There were of course significant disadvantages to the system. For example, a convoy had to travel at the speed of its slowest ship. Eventually, however, this was countered by organizing 4-1 USS Shawmut (left) leading a convoy column, flying the division guide pennant and a submarine warning flag somewhere in the North Sea.

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