France hosts NYC events marking centennial of US in WWI

09 April, 2017, 02:38 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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In this scenario, German strategy was to make sure that the US stayed outside the war, but German methodology proved a colossal miscalculation that produced exactly the opposite outcome.

But the USA military was ill-prepared for war, its small, underequipped army having seen no major combat for decades. The war was dominated by industrially made lethal technology, like no war had been before. "It means that when there's a large swathe of death on the battlefront, a neighborhood loses their boys", said O'Connell.

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, drawing American forces into one of the most deadly human conflicts in history.

Now, as the world reels from the ghastly images of a chemical attack that killed scores of innocents in Syria and a rogue leader lobs midrange missiles provocatively from North Korea, the United States is being tested again. The basic infantrymen of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps were equipped with the Model 1903 Springfield rifle.

World War I was enormously consequential for America and the world.

The Springfield offered greater range and killing power than the U.S. Army's older 30-40 Krag. Commemorations are also taking place across the US.

Machine guns were another matter. Americans today can be thankful that much of what we love and enjoy about our lives and our world was created through the crucible of the Great War. Trench warfare was widespread, and led to the development of a new war tool - the tank. The final straw came April 1 when Germany torpedoed the armed US steamer Aztec and 28 Americans drowned. The only victors, they warned, would be American bankers and arms manufacturers; this would be "a rich man's war and a poor man's fight".

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This file photo from The National Archives taken in September 1918 during World War I, at Camp Hospital Number 43, shows Lieutenant John Applebee (right), an American Red Cross Home Service worker, as he gives comfort and reassurance to American soldiers.

Another new method of warfare was poison gas, which inflicted ugly suffering on victims. Germany was thus desperate to conclude peace with Russian Federation, then in the throes of revolution, and a final victory on its Western Front before conditions could deteriorate further. Before soldiers were routinely equipped with gas masks, thousands died in horrific ways, adding to the already significant British and French casualty totals.

"There were American corporations making money on both sides - selling war materiel to both sides". A visionary progressive and moralist who saw the possibility of a new world order emerging from the ashes of combat, with America poised to shape the peace, Wilson was also a racial segregationist, and he oppressed dissent against the war effort with the passage of controversial Espionage and Sedition Acts.

Other programs and events are planned for the city and elsewhere in the U.S.in the coming months.

But there was that final telegram from Germany to Mexico inviting an attack on America that made even the isolationists hold their peace. German Navy U-boats had, in fact, devastated British merchant fleets so badly by 1917 that British defeat was imminent. They sank three U.S. merchant ships in the subsequent days, adding to the anti-German outrage.

People like Roosevelt anxious that an Allied defeat would result in Germany's occupation of parts of Canada, as well as British and French Caribbean possessions. While America's involvement in the war indisputably assured the Allied victory over Imperial Germany by November 1918, it left a road of ruination, blood and destruction that even today is hard to internalize. Planes were becoming offensive weapons that could actively engage ground targets with sufficient force to make a difference on the battlefield below. "We had just a 130,000 troops before we declared war", said O'Connell, a commissioner on the U.S. As a result, American pilots had to learn to fly British and French planes those countries could not man.

This was the first major foreign conflict that the United States of America joined.

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