Above the Lines: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces of by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey, Russell Guest

Above the Lines: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces of by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey, Russell Guest

By Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey, Russell Guest

Above the traces: an entire list of the Fighter Aces of the German Air provider, Naval Air carrier and Flanders Marine Corps 1914-1918

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Public opinion, it was the last straw. ” It was reluctantly, then, and with a heavy heart, that on the evening of April 3, 1917, he called on Congress for a declaration of war, saying the United States must fight “for the ultimate peace of the world and the liberation of its people. . The world must be made safe 1-41 Alfred Zimmerman, German undersecretary of foreign affairs. ” His speech was greeted with resounding applause. After returning to the White House later that night, Wilson and his wife had dinner with 16 America in World War I Page 16 friends.

America Enters the Ring 25 10277-America in WWI 11/12/03 3:29 PM Page 26 2-17, 2-18 Troops practicing marksmanship. ington, a French group headed by Marshal Joffre and a British team led by Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour [2-20], Lloyd George’s foreign secretary. Somewhat naively, Wilson had hoped America would be asked to furnish mainly shipping and war materiel. ” It didn’t matter if the men were trained: the Allies would do that when the troops arrived in France. Further, they needn’t be in American divisions, as they could be fed into existing French and British units, which after the past three years were badly drained of manpower.

Shortly after Pershing and his staff arrived in France, Pershing met with the new French commander-in-chief, the veteran Marshal Henri Petain [2-26], who had succeeded Nivelle. Earlier, Nivelle had replaced Joffre in that position; then, after the 1917 “Nivelle offensive” proved a dismal failure, Petain had been given the task of rebuilding the strength and esprit of the French Army. Pershing and Petain met for the first time at the French GHQ at Compiegne. They eventually formed a liking for each other, perhaps because they were much alike—each man was pragmatic, blunt spoken, and stubborn.

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