Commanders in the First World War

Commanders in the First World War

Monday, January 09, 2017


Paul Dean


  1. Woodrow Wilson's War Message to Congress
    05 Apr, 2017
    Woodrow Wilson's War Message to Congress
    100 years ago the United States declared war on Germany in order to stop the madness of World War 1. For nearly three years Wilson had watched the western world descend into the stalemated morass of total war. By early 1917 Wilson concluded that war was unavoidable for the United States. The above video shows the excited response. Both the original footage and the 1950s narration seem from another world.   The war was complex, and few Americans know the story. The best way to understand the
  2. US Entry into World War I
    05 Apr, 2017
    US Entry into World War I
    November 1916 – Woodrow Wilson wins reelection. Many of his surrogates campaign for him saying, “He Kept Us out of War.” These slogans outrage Wilson, who knows how close the US has come to entering the conflict. Only skillful diplomacy and patience had kept them out after the Lusitania and Sussex tragedies. December 1916. After a brutal year of fighting Britain, Germany, the Ottoman Empire, and France hardened their hearts against peace. They had lost too much in 1916 – 1 million casualties
    02 Mar, 2017
    This is the telegram that brought the US onto the world stage in 1917, one hundred years ago.  With an army smaller than Portugal's (approximately 120,000) and a president reluctant to bring the US into war. This Telegram was the final straw.  Decoded, it read,  We intend to begin on the first of February unrestricted submarine warfare. We shall endeavor in spite of this to keep the United States of America neutral. In the event of this not succeeding, we make Mexico a proposal of alliance on
  4. How an Obscure Roman Farmer Saves the United States Every Four to Eight Years
    19 Jan, 2017
    How an Obscure Roman Farmer Saves the United States Every Four to Eight Years
    In 458 B.C. the Roman Senate appointed Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus dictator of Rome in order to rescue a Roman army. Cincinnatus left his farm, took control over the state and defeated Rome’s enemies. He then relinquished his power and returned to his farm. So ends most of the historical accounts of noble Cincinnatus. Fast-forward to the American Revolution where men of letters studied ancient Rome in order to gain wisdom for the construction of a new republic. Here again Cincinnatus was
  5. "Black Death" and the "Harlem Hellfighters"
    16 Jan, 2017
    "Black Death" and the "Harlem Hellfighters"
    A Short History of African Americans in the First World War After Woodrow Wilson declared war on Germany in 1917 he called on men between ages of 21 and 31 to register for the draft. The nation needed an orderly call up in order to defeat Germany on the battlefield without crippling vital industries on the home front. African American men from all of the country had already been joining the armed forces before the Selective Service Act took effect. They hoped that their service to the United
  6. Shelling
    28 Dec, 2016
    Life on the Western Front was nearly indescribably awful. The smell of decaying corpses in no man’s land, left there amid the barbed wire and shell holes permeated everything. Rats grew as big as cats and were brave enough to chew on sleeping men. However, the worst part of life in the trenches was the shelling. The shelling could be heard sixty to seventy miles away. Before major battles the shelling could go on for weeks. Before the battle of the Somme the British fired 100,000 shells a day.
  7. The Christmas Truce
    22 Dec, 2016
    The Christmas Truce
    “The most peculiar Christmas I’ve Ever spent and ever likely to.” Sapper J. Davey January 1914 opened up with celebrations and an indefatigable spirit of optimism, but by December confidence had vanished like an early morning fog. The world was at war. Arms races, national pride, social Darwinism, railroad timetables, and the assassination of the heir to the Austrian throne had pushed most of the Western world into a brutal conflict. Since most of the world was controlled by the belligerents,
  8. Woodrow Wilson
    13 Dec, 2016
    Woodrow Wilson
    A Short Political Biography "Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy" F. Scott Fitzgerald    Few have risen from relative obscurity to world prominence so quickly. In 1909 Woodrow Wilson was the president of a small, struggling university, in 1918 he was the world's best hope for lasting peace. In 1909 Wilson's progressive programs and innovations as president of Princeton University attracted the attention of the Democratic political machine. They helped elect him Governor of New
  9. Why did World War I start?
    05 Dec, 2016
    Why did World War I start?
    World War I was the hinge for the 20th Century, it was the beginning of the end of European dominance and empires. It was the beginning of communism as a global threat. It brought the US onto the world stage. The spark for the conflict was a simple assasination, but the reasons for why the murder of the heir to the Austrian throne resulted in millions of deaths is more complex.    The great industrial nations, Britain, the United States, Germany and France are losing the psychological impulse