Category: World War One

History United States World War One

The Committee on Public Information

President Woodrow Wilson struggled to maintain United States neutrality when war broke out in 1914. Strong social and political forces lobbied specific arguments supporting intervention or isolation. With the declaration of war in April 1917, Wilson understood that in order to maintain public support for the war, the U.S. government needed to create an agency […]

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World War I Led to Prohibition

The global impact of the Great War reverberated throughout world history. In the United States, the outbreak of the war brought about a significant event impacting every citizen. The conflict didn’t just influence how the United States recognized its place internationally, but how it behaved socially. It was in this wartime environment that the 18th […]

History United States World War One

America’s Preparedness Movement

European armies were larger than they had been even before the outbreak of World War I. Millions served on both sides and with them were the most technologically sophisticated and advanced military machinery of the day. More than 13 million men served in the German Army alone and were widely regarded as the most disciplined […]

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An Army of Housewives: The Women’s Committee during World War I

The following post was written by a guest blogger.  If you would like to contribute a guest blog post, read the guidelines. An Army of Housewives: The Women’s Committee during World War I By Thomas Richardson The home front directed factory production, agricultural output, and local community energies to the war effort in World War […]

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Sergeant York: The Conscientious Objector and Frontline Hero

The Meuse-Argonne was the scene of bloody fighting inflicted and sustained by the American Expeditionary Forces in France. Shining through the fighting were acts of bravery and sacrifice by those saving their comrades and leading troops against deadly odds. One of the most well-known of these heroes was Alvin Cullum York of Tennessee. During the […]

History United States World War One

Army General Staff College Played a Critical Role in the American Expeditionary Force

The U.S. Army faced a significant hurdle during their mobilization into the Great War: modern military technologies utilized by European armies were lacking in the U.S. Army and officers scantly adopted them. Training schools like Fort Leavenworth with the Cavalry School and School of the Line were a necessary component for officer education, but what […]

Canada History Medicine World War One

The Tale of HMHS Llandovery Castle

Noncombatant servicemen and women are not free from danger.  Such was the case of the medical corps during World War One. Medical units were located close enough to the front to see and hear bombardments. Sometimes camps were bombed — either accidentally or on purpose — ambulances hit land mines, and hospital ships were sunk. One […]

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World War One Casualty Rates

Author’s note: World War One casualty rates often vary from source to source. Those wounded or taken prison are grouped together under “casualty. ”Those who died of wounds or disease are group together under “killed.” Not all participants are listed. British Empire: 8.9 million mobilized; 908,371 killed; 2.1 million casualties Germany: 11 million mobilized; 1.7 million […]

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The End of World War One is Near: the Hundred Days Offensive

In the summer of 1918, the end of World War One was at hand. Military commanders previously had been planning for the conflict to extend into 1919 and even 1920, but it was becoming increasingly clear to the Allies that victory was in sight. The Central Powers, conversely, were facing humiliating defeat. The period between August […]

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The Capture of Mons: Town Liberated on the Final Day of the War

The capture of Mons, Belgium, took place November 11, 1918.  It was part of the Hundred Days Offensive, Allied attacks forcing the German Army into defeat. The nations involved were Canada and Germany. “The Germans had occupied the town for four years,” Encyclopedia Britannica says. “Mons was a regional centre for coal mining, and its resources had been used throughout […]

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T.E. Lawrence: Fighting Alongside the Arabs during World War One

T. E. Lawrence was born Thomas Edward Lawrence, August 16, 1888, in Tremadog, Wales. Born out of wedlock, Lawrence’s father, Thomas Chapman, left his wife to live with his lover, Sarah Junner. They called themselves Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence and remained together until Chapman died. Together they had five sons. The family moved several times, […]

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