Mike Shuster

A VOLUNTEER ARMY OR THE DRAFT?

Confusion from the President and Congress Wilson Favors Draft; Congress Against. American Troops to France? Good Lord! Special to The Great War Project (15 May) Early in April 1917 the United States declares war on Germany, but from President Woodrow Wilson on down, many American leaders display an enormous naivete about what the declaration of…

WILL RUSSIA STAY IN THE WAR?

Lenin Calls for End to Russia’s Role as Desertion Spreads. Germans Flood the Battle Field with Propaganda. Special to The Great War Project (30 April) In Russia, the conflict between pro- and anti-war forces is gowing and bringing more and more uncertainty to Russia’s continuing participation in the war, a century ago. In late April…

FOR THE ALLIES, A BLOODY SPRING

Allied Offensives Crumbling Desperation From France to the Middle East. Special to The Great War Project (24 April) It is one disaster after another for the Allied troops during these horrible days of the World War, a century ago. The French launch their so-called Nivelle Offensive, named after the French commanding general, in mid-April one…

NEW DISASTERS ON THE WESTERN FRONT

British and Canadian Forces Stymied by the Germans. Outcome in France All Too Familiar. Special to The Great War Project. (16 April) A century ago, there are major developments on the Western Front in France. Just a few days earlier, a combined British and Canadian force launches simultaneous offensives at Arras and Vimy Ridge. The…

THE LENIN STRATEGEM

Germans Seal Train with Russian Revolutionary Aboard Send it Off to Russia ‘Like a Plague Bacillus’ Special to The Great War Project (9 April) The Allies are confronted with a clever political stratagem, conceived by the Germans and designed to knock Russia out of the war. On April 8th a century ago, the Germans prepare the…

EXTRA EXTRA – IT’S WAR!

U.S. To Go to War With Germany, House and Senate Say Yes to War. President Signs War Declaration. Special to The Great War Project (6 April) – For two days round-the-clock, members of the House and Senate are debating a resolution that would bring the United States into the war against Imperial Germany. The Senate…

WAR IS IN THE AIR

Wilson Prepares Congress for Conflict, But No Declaration Yet. The Shell-Shocked Words of a Poet. Special to The Great War Project (2 April) Pro-war meetings break out in rapid succession across the United States. “As March turned to April,” writes historian Margaret Wagner, “pro-war mass meetings occurred in Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Denver, and Manchester, New…