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

By Donald M. Goldstein

Even though the US entered the conflict really 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 countless numbers of pictures inform the tales of the U.S. squaddies, sailors, airmen, politicians, and electorate at the domestic entrance who helped the Allies win the conflict. Donald Goldstein and Harry Maihafer have produced a shiny account of the conflict that endlessly altered the destinies of the United States and Europe.

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One such vessel, the Vaterland, was the second largest ship afloat. Having been 50 America in World War I 4-29 Builders who worked on Liberty Destroyer 139. renamed Leviathan, it became the fastest and largest of all troop transports. Eventually it would carry thousands of Americans, both to the war and, once peace was secured, back home again. Later in the war, a major factor in countering the U-boat menace was the erection of a mine barrier across the North Sea and the English Channel. British and American ships called “mine planters” went into action and began laying the first mines in June 1918 [4-20 to 4-22].

Americans traditionally had opposed a large standing army, viewing such a thing almost with suspicion. The army had only 5,000 officers and 120,000 enlisted men, plus some 80,000 ill-trained and poorly equipped national guardsmen. Few had ever heard a shot fired in anger. S. ranked sixteenth in size, just behind Portugal. The United States had no tanks, its fifty or so planes were nearly obsolete, and its heavy guns had ammunition enough for only a nine-hour bombardment. Moreover, there was a critical shortage of machine guns and mobile artillery, the most effective killing tools of the Western Front.

To most of them, crossing the sea to a foreign land must have seemed a romantic adventure. Once they were aboard ship, however, the holiday atmosphere quickly evaporated. Many ships were so crowded that men had to sleep in shifts [4-9]. Food prepared in steaming, smelly galleys was a source of constant complaint. It was invariably overcooked, often of poor quality, and a far cry from the home cooking the young Yanks had known. Stormy seas and nervous stomachs made the situation even worse, and seasickness was all too common.

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