The power of positive thinking is one of the necessary elements that has been ingrained within the psyche of every U.S. Army recruit for at least the past 100 years. Positive thought is the topic of this 1918 article about the wartime training of U.S. Army officer cadets at Camp Grant, Illinois, by Major Herman J. Koehler (1859 – 1927), who believed deeply that "there is no limit to human endurance".
Read what the U.S. Army psychologists had to say about courage.
Attached is a front page story from a 1918 NEW YORK TIMES that covered the important visit Secretary of War Newton Baker (1871 – 1937) had made to the American front line trenches during his World War I tenure at the Department of War. During this trip the former Ohio Governor donned trench coat, helmet and gas-mask while chatting it up with the Doughboys.
Click here to read an article from 1927 by General Pershing regarding the American cemeteries in Europe.
Here is a numeric account, estimated by the Germans, indicating how much of Europe was conquered and occupied by their army on the first anniversary of World War One. The report also accounts for the amount of land being occupied by the Entente powers, and the number of Allied prisoners, machine guns and artillery pieces taken by the central powers within this same time frame. The report was interpreted by the Berlin-based American Association of Commerce before being filed in its entirety by the Associated Press:
"The territory occupied by the Allies... is about the size of the State of Connecticut."
"The territory occupied by the Central Powers... is about the size of the State of Missouri and about one-third the size of the German Empire."
An article that served to introduce American readers to the new British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George (1863 - 1945), who replaced the incompetent wartime leader Herbert Henry Asquith (1852 - 1928):
"People had began to doubt whether or not Mr. Asquith had 'the will to win' the necessary determination to make all things work together to that end. There was no doubt in the case of Lloyd George. He had supported credit, he had supplied ammunition, he had inspired general confidence, he had reconciled the irreconcilable. The question arose whether or not the box seat on the coach of state should not be given to him."
The article concentrates primarily on the radical instinct and liberal leanings of Lloyd George, who is often remembered as the Prime Minister who laid the foundations of the British nanny-state.
In 1940 Lloyd George wrote an editorial in which he condemned the leaders of Europe for procrastinating rather than dealing with Hitler when Germany was still weak Click here to read it.
Written during the closing weeks of the war, this Vanity Fair article was penned by a rather sly, witty scribe who was astounded to find that those areas closest to the front, yet just outside the entrances to the reserve trenches, were jam-packed with all manner of civilian tourist groups (ie. "The American Woman's Bouillon Cube Fund", "The Overseas Committee of the New and Enlarged Encyclopedia", "The National Mushroom Association of the United States"); an exercise in creative writing? You tell us.
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Click here to read a 1923 article on W.W. I battlefield tours.
Originally appearing in the Berlin TAGEBLATTT, this dispatch, written by Bernhard Kellerman (1879 - 1951), was later translated and printed in the NEW YORK TIMES magazine, CURRENT HISTORY. It reported on the hardships and morale of German infantry serving in Flanders during the second year of the war.