Discussion in 'Prewar' started by Dave55, Mar 6, 2018.
USS Recruit: The Battleship That Sprang Up In The Middle of New York City | Amusing Planet
I love the Germania Life sign in the background. They weren't likely writing a lot of policies in 1917 but apparently still in business.
Sold to the UK as HMS MFI.....
I noticed that sign too
I've read stories of poor little dachshunds being kicked in the streets then.
Just found this:
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At the very same time the Recruit sat in New York my paternal grandfather was serving on the HMCS Niobe, in Halifax, some 850 miles to the NE. Thankfully, he received a medical discharge just before the 1917 harbour explosion, which caused serious damage to Niobe's upper works, and the deaths of several of her crew.
I heard this recently, on the BBC Iplayer (which I realise not everyone can access - but may be interesting for those that can ): BBC Radio 4 - America Goes to War
"On April 6th 1917, America finally entered the Great War on the side of the Entente powers. It seemed a stunning volte face by the progressive intellectual President Woodrow Wilson, elected for a second term on the promise of the man who 'kept us out of the war.' What followed was an even more stunning transformation of American society and its role in world affairs. This programme explores the convulsions that carried America to war and placed it centre stage in world affairs.
America was deeply divided on the issue of war. 'Over there' was both the recent past for millions of its new immigrant citizens and a no-no for the deep isolationist streak that ran through the American psyche. Foreign wars were not its affair. America boasted an army tiny by European standards, no air force and, apart from skirmishes in Latin America and the searing experience of the Civil War, precious little experience of major warfare. The U.S. was ill prepared for the transformation into a total war society, something that had begun piecemeal in Europe, would be giddily experienced in America. Civil liberties were cast aside, internal dissent was stifled and a vast and modern advertising campaign to sell the war to the public was launched with little thought to its effects, and with almost no oversight.
When the Doughboys finally arrived in the Spring of 1918 they fought for 200 days but lost more men from disease than in combat. The impact of the war at home would soon wane & President Wilson's desire for a lasting and just peace would be frustrated. Historian Adam Smith travels to Washington & Hoboken-departure point for 2 million troops and to the former battlefield & cemetery of Meuse-Argonne.
Producer: Mark Burman."
Just worked out I've been there back in 2016.
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