Mike Shuster

FIRST AMERICANS KILLED IN FRANCE

French Are Bled White, but Are Americans Ready? What A Way to Get Leave. Special to The Great War Project. Editor’s note: an earlier caption on a graphic in this report misidentified it. It is Marshal Foch, the French military leader, not the French president Raymond Poincare (4 September) Some of the first Americans arrive…

WHENCE THE NAME DOUGHBOY?

No One Knows for Sure, But American Servicemen Soon Carry the Moniker Proudly Special to The Great War Project (6 August) More and more American troops, known as Doughboys, are arriving in France. One question on many minds, how did the American troops come to be known by the nickname Doughboy? “It is far from…

DROWNING IN MUD

Fighting and Dying in The Low Countries. Seeking a Breakthrough Where None Exists. Special to The Great War Project. (31 July) Passchendaele. A tiny village in Belgium. Soon to be the site of a new British offensive a century ago. This in and of itself does not distinguish the clashes there from so many other…

GAS! GAS! QUICK BOYS!

Germans Fire A Million Gas Shells. Mustard the Poison Gas of Choice. As Near to Hell on This Earth. Special to The Great War Project. (23 July) From mid-July a century ago, the German use of powerful mustard gas is becoming a major component of the German war machine.. “German mustard gas attacks,” writes historian…