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

By Donald M. Goldstein

Even though the USA entered the conflict rather overdue, it performed a severe position in tipping the scales opposed to Germany and its allies and in shaping the war’s aftermath. The book’s enormous quantities of images inform the tales of the U.S. squaddies, sailors, airmen, politicians, and voters at the domestic entrance who helped the Allies win the battle. Donald Goldstein and Harry Maihafer have produced a brilliant account of the conflict that perpetually altered the destinies of the USA and Europe. DEPOSITили

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Roosevelt [3-2], the Navy, unlike the Army, was off to a good start in preparing for war. Others responsible, such as the House Naval Affairs Committee, took justifiable pride in what was being accomplished [3-3]. The building program included battleships [3-4, 3-5], cruisers [3-6, 3-7], gunboats [3-8], destroyers, submarines [3-9, 3-10], torpedo boats [311, 3-12], and various other vessels, from fuel and supply ships to admirals’ barges [3-13 to 3-15]. The major emphasis, however, was on the battleships and cruisers.

Fortunately, however, the crossing, which took ten days, proved uneventful. Until the Baltic reached the danger zone near Britain, it had traveled more or less straight along the North Atlantic sea lane. Then the ship began zigzagging, two destroyers arrived to act as escorts, and port was reached in good order. While the crossing had gone well, it was also chancy. It was decided that future troop crossings would rely on the newly established convoy system. Early in the war, the British had tried keeping the sea lanes safe by means of patrols.

10277-America in WWI 11/12/03 3:29 PM Page 41 FOUR Getting the Boys “Over There” 10277-America in WWI 11/12/03 3:29 PM Page 42 10277-America in WWI 11/12/03 3:29 PM Page 43 Getting the Boys “Over There” W hen Pershing and his staff sailed for Europe on the USS Baltic, they were accompanied by men from the 1st Division, the first American troops to land in France. Because of all the recent ship sinkings, there had been a certain amount of apprehension before the sailing. Fortunately, however, the crossing, which took ten days, proved uneventful.

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