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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…

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…