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The British Home Front Observed (Harper's Weekly, 1915)

Attached is one American journalist's view of the Great War as it is waged on the home-front by the British people. He was impressed with the resolve of the population to win the war and he found that everyone, regardless of age or infirmity, was pursuing war work with a surprising earnestness.

"The outward evidences of a nation at war are plentiful in London. Soldiers are everywhere. Columns of armed men and columns of recruits still in civilian clothes march through the streets. Drilling goes on in the parks and other places all day and every day."

Read about how the First World War effected life on the campus of Eton College.


Sinai And Palestine: Allenby's Victory (Liberty Magazine, 1936)

Attached are two articles by American journalist Lowell Thomas (1892 - 1981) regarding all that he witnessed while reporting on General Edmund Allenby's campaign against Johnny Turk in the Sinai and Palestine Theater during the First World War. This reminiscence was written many years after the war in an effort to make up for the fact that "after eighteen years, no clear-cut account of Allenby's campaign has been set down."

Click here to read about Lawrence of Arabia...


The Invalids Speak (Literary Digest, 1935)

Speaking from their hospital wards, disabled American veterans of W.W. I express their bitterness concerning their lot and the general foolishness of the young who unthinkingly dash off to war at the slightest prompting.

Click here to read about the new rules for warfare that were written as a result of the First World War - none of them pertain to the use of poison gas or submarines.


A War Like No Other (Hearst's Sunday American, 1917)

An article by the admired British war correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett (1881 - 1931) concerning those aspects of the 1914 war that combined to make the entire catastrophe something unique in human history:

"Everything has changed; uniforms, weapons, methods, tactics. Cavalry had been rendered obsolete by trenches, machine guns and modern artillery; untrained soldiers proved useless, special battalions were needed on both sides to fight this particular kind of war that, in no way, resembled the battles your father or grand-fathers had once fought."
A good read.

Click here to read about the fashion legacy of W.W. I...

To read about one of the fashion legacies of W.W. II, click here...


Scenes From The War (Scribner's Magazine, 1919)

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Numerous little vignettes depicting the American Expeditionary Forces in France.


First Blood (American Legion Weekly, 1922)

A veteran of the U.S. First Division, Sixteenth Infantry, tells the chilling story of that rainy night in November, 1917, when the first German raid upon the American trenches took place:

"It was on that night that Company F took over its first front line position, received its baptism of fire, bore the brunt of the first German raid and lost the first American troops killed and captured in the World War."

"...two hundred and forty Bavarians, the widely advertised cut-throats of the German Army, hopped down on us. The first raid on American troops was in full swing. They had crawled up to our wire under cover of their artillery barrage and the moment it lifted were right on top of us."

The U.S. Army would not launch their own trench raid for another four months.


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