Excellent program on how the United States got involved in World War I. Fantastic footage of World War I battles. President Woodrow Wilson did not want the United States to get involved in Europe’s problems, but with the sinking of the American passenger ship the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, America’s hand was forced. Americans were tiring of the many German atrocities in Belgium, and of the many American merchant ships sunk by German submarines. Now, with the destruction of the Lusitania, President Wilson decided we could remain ‘neutral’ no longer. Eight million were to die in World War I, including 48,000 Americans. During the Battle of Verdun alone, one million soldiers lost their lives. America was unprepared to fight a war. Soldiers trained using wooden guns, and we had to increase our active military forces from a mere 200,000 before the war, to a staggering 4.8 million soldiers ready to fight. Americans so hated the German army when we entered into World War I, that they renamed sauerkraut in America ‘liberty cabbage’. Even American schools stopped teaching the German language. One German military commander said of the American troops, ‘They fight like devils!’ When the armistice came at the eleventh hour of the eleventh month in November 1918, America was tired of war. President Wilson tried desperately to push through Congress, ‘The League of Nations’, but it was defeated. President Wilson was left to say only that, ‘Had we helped win the first war, only to throw away the peace?’ We still wonder that today. A thoroughly great program to watch! Extremely informative and relevant, since this war was to be the war to end all wars. And as we all now know, it did not do that.

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