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By Donald M. Goldstein

Even though the US entered the struggle rather overdue, it performed a severe position in tipping the scales opposed to Germany and its allies and in shaping the war’s aftermath. The book’s 1000s of pictures inform the tales of the U.S. infantrymen, sailors, airmen, politicians, and electorate at the domestic entrance who helped the Allies win the warfare. Donald Goldstein and Harry Maihafer have produced a bright account of the warfare that eternally altered the destinies of the US and Europe. DEPOSITили

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Optimistic, enthusiastic young Americans were gladly trading the ship for the shore. Most men felt personally invulnerable, unwilling to consider the dangers that might lie ahead. The Navy saw the situation from a different perspective. William Halsey, who would win fame in the Pacific during World War II, was a captain of one of the escort destroyers. Halsey wrote in his diary, “You look at them [the troops], and pity them having to go to the trenches. Suppose they look at you and wonder why anyone is damn fool enough to roll and jump 4-15 Marines disembarking in France.

10277-America in WWI 11/12/03 3:30 PM Page 45 boats playing only a limited role [4-5 to 4-7]. The summer of 1917 saw American troops heading for ports of embarkation in everincreasing numbers [4-8]. Very few of the young soldiers had ever been away from their native state, let alone out of the country. To most of them, crossing the sea to a foreign land must have seemed a romantic adventure. Once they were aboard ship, however, the holiday atmosphere quickly evaporated. Many ships were so crowded that men had to sleep in shifts [4-9].

The Germans, realizing they could not afford to fight another such battle, decided to concentrate on building submarines. Henceforth the most feared German ship of World War I would be the U-boat rather than the battleship [3-23 to 3-25]. As late as 1915, Admiral George Dewey, the “hero of Manila Bay” [3-26], had downgraded the submarine’s importance. “The submarine is not an instrument fitted to dominate naval warfare,” Dewey wrote. ” He would soon be proven wrong. Once the Kaiser authorized unrestricted submarine warfare, and the Uboat captains were turned loose, they proceeded to wreak havoc with Allied shipping.

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