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The United States at War

Uncle Sam weighs the lives lost in the German sinking of the Lusitania (and other ships, as seen on the horizon) to his cash flow from selling weapons and other supplies to the combatants, particularly the allies. The moneybags have tipped the scales. A 1916 postcard by Em. Dupuis.

Uncle Sam weighs the lives lost in the German sinking of the Lusitania (and other ships, as seen on the horizon) to his cash flow from selling weapons and other supplies to the combatants, particularly the allies. The moneybags have tipped the scales. A 1916 postcard by Em. Dupuis.

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A l'ombre, de la Liberté



In the Shadow of Liverty



On the coffin and the ship in the distance, 'Lusitania'

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Neutrality

Hoover and Belgian relief

1915

April, ??? Lusitania

The Bethlehem Steel submarines to Canada [Gilbert]

October 22, 1915, Kaiser complaining to Gerard about financial help for Britain and France, and about submarines built in America and escorted to Britain by ships of the American navy.

1916

November, 1916, Wilson re-elected. He kept us out of war.

1917

Germany’s plan called for victory through unrestricted submarine that would starve Great Britain. They resumed it on January 31, 1917. All shipping with the war zone around the British Isles would be sunk on sight. By April, Germany was sinking their goal of 1,000,000 tons of shipping per month, and had achieved Bethmann Holweg’s fear of bringing the United States in the war.

Zimmerman telegram intercepted, published in American papers.

April 6, 1917, the United States declares war on Germany and ?????? Taylor, p. 170, the US is the “most ruthless and intolerant” of the combatants, on a moral crusade. An Associated Power, not an Ally. No American tanks and few American planes ever made it to France. The US gives money to the Allies, but ????? for spending on US goods????, and US is buying everything up.

December 31, 1917, 250,000 Americans in Europe.

1918

Americans built 1,000 cargo ships in 1917, 1918. One cargo or transport ship left for France every five hours.

During ??? Operation Michael Lloyd George appeals to Wilson for troops. Pershing agrees American troops can be used as reinforcements in British and French armies.

[Herwig, 422:] Pershing “thirsted” for his own battle. St. Mihiel, September 12: 1.1 million shells – greatest artillery bombardment (wasn’t there a 2 million earlier?) 20 US divisions, 267 tanks, 1,400 Allied aircraft.

Meuse-Argonne, September 26.

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Events contemporaneous with The United States at War

Start Date End Date View
1915-03-23 Russian Conquest of Przemyśl
Influenza Pandemic
Shell Shortage
Arab Revolt
1914-06-28 1914-06-28 Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
1914-07-28 1914-07-28 Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia
1914-08-01 1914-08-01 Germany declares war on Russia
1914-08-02 1914-11-11 Turkey Enters the War
1914-08-03 1914-08-03 Germany invades Luxemburg
1914-08-03 1914-08-03 Germany declares war on France