By Donald M. Goldstein

Deals a concise and hugely readable account of the yank militia first warfare in Europe - comprises greater than four hundred images that depict the awful realities of worldwide warfare I on land, within the air, and at sea - Joins Brasseys sequence the US at battle the United States in global conflict I provides an summary of this cataclysmic conflict and makes a speciality of the real American contribution in the course of 1917 and 1918.

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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]. Food prepared in steaming, smelly galleys was a source of constant complaint. It was invariably overcooked, often of poor quality, and a far cry from the home cooking the young Yanks had known. Stormy seas and nervous stomachs made the situation even worse, and seasickness was all too common.

Two days later, however, Baker told him his orders had been changed. He would not be commanding that newly formed division. For political purposes, as well as morale, it had become necessary to establish an American presence overseas, and soon. Pershing would now be going overseas at once as commanderin-chief of all American forces in Europe. That afternoon, when Pershing met with Baker and President Wilson, Pershing was told his role was being expanded, mainly as a reaction to the Allied Military Missions now in Wash- 2-14 Troops playing baseball.

Navy had provided most of the warships escorting the troop transports. The transports themselves, however, were mostly French or British. This was not a “freebie”; the United States was expected to pay for each man’s passage. The cost had to be negotiated, especially when France initially tried to charge the same rate as for a prewar passenger liner. ) Allocating ships became a question of priority, and, almost inevitably, disputes arose. The British, for example, relied on cargo ships for their very survival and were reluctant to allocate shipping to America.

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