Mike Shuster

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…

WOMEN AT WAR

A British Battalion of Women, in Uniform but Not in Combat. Frees More Men for the Front Lines. Special to The Great War Project. (9 July) Britain brings more women into the war at this moment in World War One when the government agrees to the formation of a Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps. “This was…

REBEL NOW, BOYS!

The Espionage Act Produces a Nation of Snoopers, Trampling on the Bill of Rights Special to The Great War Project. (2 July) Opposition to the draft in the United States is widespread and sometimes turns violent. “On the plains of Oklahoma,” writes historian Michael Kazin, “a band of tenant farmers sets out to fight the…

WHERE ARE THE AMERICANS?

First American Contingent Arrives in France Virtually Untrained; Who Will Command Them? Pershing Says He Will Special to The Great War Project. (18 June) At this moment in the war a century ago, the first significant contingent of American troops — some 14,000 – reaches France. Their crossing the Atlantic was largely uneventful, according to…

A TERRIBLE SCENE OF SLAUGHTER

Huge Explosion on Western Front. Tunnelers Digging for Months; Explosion Heard in London. Special to The Great War Project. (4 June) In northern France a century ago, British soldiers are digging a tunnel. Actually they are digging many tunnels, a whole complex of tunnels and mines. “In an epic doggedness,” writes historian Norman Stone, “miners…

IN U.S, LITTLE ENTHUSIASM FOR WAR

Enter the Four Minute Men Campaign Against ‘Sedition; Anti-War Protesters Face Possible Prison. Special to The Great War Project. (28 May) Two months after President Woodrow Wilson’s call to arms and the entry of the United States into the Great War, “a patriotic state of mind was virtually non-existent in the U.S.,” writes historian Adam…