By Donald M. Goldstein
Bargains a concise and hugely readable account of the yankee military first warfare in Europe - comprises greater than four hundred pictures that depict the bleak realities of global conflict I on land, within the air, and at sea - Joins Brasseys sequence the United States at conflict the USA in international battle I provides an summary of this cataclysmic warfare and makes a speciality of the real American contribution in the course of 1917 and 1918.
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It didn’t matter if the men were trained: the Allies would do that when the troops arrived in France. Further, they needn’t be in American divisions, as they could be fed into existing French and British units, which after the past three years were badly drained of manpower. What they needed most, according to General Robert-Georges Nivelle [2-21], Joffre’s replacement, were thousands of laborers, railroad workers, drivers, stevedores, nurses, and doctors, so as to free more Frenchmen for battle.
Then the president wandered off. His secretary, Joseph Tumulty, found him later, sitting at the table in the Cabinet Room. Looking up, Wilson said, “Think what it was they were applauding. My message today was a message of death for our young men. ” Then the peace-loving Wilson put his head down on the table and sobbed. 10277-America in WWI 11/12/03 3:28 PM Page 17 TWO America Enters the Ring 10277-America in WWI 11/12/03 3:28 PM Page 18 10277-America in WWI 11/12/03 3:28 PM Page 19 America Enters the Ring O n April 5, 1917, two days after Woodrow Wilson’s appearance before Congress, the Senate voted for war by 82 to 6.
As he assembled what would become the nucleus of an American Expeditionary Force (the AEF), Pershing was summoned to Washington to meet with Secretary of War Baker. Many considered the small, timid-looking Newton D. Baker an unlikely choice for such a vital position. Baker, however, a former student of Wilson’s at Johns Hopkins, was a man of strong character and brilliant mind; he would prove to be one of America’s finest secretaries of war [2-19]. Baker told Pershing he should take his provisional task force to France as soon as it was ready.