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That's War CoverThat’s War Hardback and Paperback on SALE TODAY! That's War is an authentic diary of the events that occurred to Lt. William Arthur Sirmon starting January 1, 1918 extending to November 12, 1918. In this account of a regular soldier in the 82nd Division, 325th Infantry, he carries you through a heartfelt, attention grabbing journey ten chapters long. Click here to get your copy today.

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That's War is not only an accurate account of combat at the height of America's involvement in WWI, but also of combat in general.

It also documents the pure thoughts of a warrior dealing with exhilarating engagements, gut-wrenching fear, and accepting personal valor.


Maj. Gerald W. Johnson, USA (Ret) Infantry company commander for twelve consecutive months in combat.

Interview with a Specialist

This video is an interview with Specialist Evan Slaughter. He is the recent recipient of the Purple Heart and a Combat Infantry Badge.

In this interview Mr. Slaughter explains a little bit about the life in Afghanistan of an American soldier in the Army. He tells his story of the accolades that led to his field promotion and awards he received. He talks about the many similarities and differences of life in war now in relation to the events he read about in "That's War," of WWI.

God bless our many troops who lay down their lives to serve for our freedoms!

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“The Melting Pot of the Great War”
Written by Matt Jackson   

Excerpt from That’s War Pg. 19

I came to a little black haired boy down the line who had no bayonet. I asked him, “where is your bayonet?”

“Bayonet no go,” he answered in an Italian accent.

Further along I came to a tall, sandy haired fellow, also without a bayonet. I asked him the same question, Where is your bayonet?”

“I ain’t been issued nair one yet,” replied this one in a slow Southern drawl.

That is the American Army-boys from all over the world. There are twenty-eight nationalities represented in our Division.

Immigration was at an all-time high when the United States entered the war. Nearly half a million immigrant draftees from forty-six different nations served in the U.S. Army. Many of them had recently fled Europe in search of refuge.

World War I was the first time in American history that the United States sent soldiers abroad to defend foreign soil. The war started in August, 1914, but the United States didn’t join until April, 1917. At the time, forces were dismal and certainly not capable of fighting abroad. Due to slow response following the declaration, Congress passed the Selective Service Act. The Act stated, all males aged 21 to 30 were required to register for military service (Later amended all men 18 to 45).

By the end of World War I, some 24 million men registered for various branches of the armed services, and some 2.8 million had been drafted [1].

In May, 1918, Congress passed legislation that waived all naturalization requirements for soldiers who served in the military and received an honorable discharge- over 280,000 men took advantage of this opportunity to gain immediate citizenship [1].

African-Americans made up 13% of the draftees. By the end of the war, over 350,000 African-Americans had served in American Expeditionary Forces units on the Western Front.

The first American troops were often called "Doughboys", the origins are unclear. The most often cited explanation is that it arose during the Mexican–American War, after observers noticed U.S. infantry forces were constantly covered with chalky dust from marching through the dry terrain of northern Mexico, giving the men the appearance of unbaked dough [3]

Some of the most influential people in history and entertainment also served in World War I. Such as: Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Harry Truman, General Marshall, General George Patton, General Douglas MacArthur, Humphrey Bogart, Walt Disney, Ernest Hemmingway, Pope John XXIII, Lawrence of Arabia, , and F. Scott Fitzgerald

Frank Woodruff Buckles (February 1, 1901 – February 27, 2011), was the last surviving American veteran of World War I.



Source:
1. "Selective Service System: History & Records".
2. Library of Congress
3. Hanlon, Michael E., The Origins of Doughboy, 16 June 2003, Origin of Term Doughboy
American Decades, ©2000 Gale Cengage



 


 
“Casus belli”
Written by Matt Jackson   

“Casus belli” is a Latin expression meaning the justification for acts of war.
This message was declared by President Woodrow Wilson to the people of the United States on August 4th 1914. Even though, Bulgaria and Turkey joined Germany and Austria-Hungary in the Central Powers and France, England, Russia joined forces to form the Allied Powers earlier in the month- there was no, “Casus belli” and the United States would remain neutral.


A short time after the “deceleration of neutrality” on May 7th 1915, the British ocean liner Lusitania was Torpedoed by Germans without warning and sunk off the coast of Ireland killing 1,198 passengers of those, 128 were Americans. Wilson protested this attack by threatening to sever diplomatic relation with Germany.  Many nations across the world believed this would thrust the United States into a declaration of war- they remained neutral.


It was in the interests of the British to keep US passions inflamed, and a fabricated story was circulated that in some regions of Germany, schoolchildren were given a holiday to celebrate the sinking of the Lusitania. This story was so effective that James W. Gerard, the US ambassador to Germany, recounted it in his memoir of his time in Germany, Face to Face with Kaiserism (1918), though without substantiating its validity. [1]

 


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