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

By Donald M. Goldstein

Even supposing the United States entered the struggle particularly overdue, it performed a serious position in tipping the scales opposed to Germany and its allies and in shaping the war’s aftermath. The book’s thousands of pictures 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 shiny account of the warfare that without end altered the destinies of the United States and Europe. DEPOSITили

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This was 3-1 Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels. 3-2 Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt (left). 3-3 The House Naval Affairs Committee aboard the USS Queenstown. The War at Sea 33 10277-America in WWI 11/12/03 3:29 PM Page 34 firepower. This was the highly publicized HMS Dreadnought [3-16]. Eventually the term “dreadnought” came into general usage, applied to all the mighty class of battleships coming into the German and British fleets. Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm, however, who fancied himself as something of a naval figure [3-17], was also determined to have a powerful fleet, even declaring he wanted his German Navy to become as potent a force as the German Army.

Actually the country was ill prepared militarily, either in trained manpower or equipment. 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.

President Wilson by this time knew the U-boat problem existed not only in the midAtlantic, but even along America’s east coast. The civilian population was apprehensive, especially because of the frightening rumors that arose. Some of the rumors were authentic, but more often they bordered 3-29 The hospital ship Gloucester Castle sinking in the Mediterranean. The War at Sea 39 10277-America in WWI 11/12/03 3:29 PM Page 40 3-30 A German submarine torpedoing British ships in the North Sea. 3-31 USS Pennsylvania.

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