WWI

By: Sarah Stewart, Sam Hart, Chris Williams, Zach Green

Battles

  • Chateau-Thierry- The halting of the greatest threat to Paris since 1914.
  • Belleau-Wood- The first battle where the American Expeditionary Forces experienced the heavy casualties associated with world War 1, and a signal to both allies and adversaries that America was on the Western Front to fight.
  • St. Mihel- First US Operation and Victory by an Independent American Army.

New Technology

  • Trench Warfare: new technology such as machine guns, hand grenades, and hydraulic recoil rifles made traditional line and shoot warfare transform into dugout trench warfare.
  • Gas: with the new trench warfare technology nations had to come up with deadly technology that would counter the trench warfare system. The most effective and deadly was gas. Gas was deployed in enemy trenches and had devastating effect on the soldiers inside.
  • Tanks: tanks were first seen in World War 1 and were originally armed with a Lewis gun and very unreliable.
  • Air: airplanes were originally used as scouting units due to the altitude, but we're quickly armed with bombs and machine guns so they were deadly weapons.

The Fighting

The fighting was mostly done through trench warfare, but many new technologies were used like tanks, poison gas, and machine guns.

Life on the Homefront

The Spanish Influenza

Spanish influenza was a massive pandemic from 1918-1919 killing more people then world war 1; killing somewhere between 20 and 40 million people. The pandemic killed more people in a year then the Black Plague did in four years. It infected 28% of all Americans killing around 675,000 people which is an estimated ten times more then the world war.

The Role of the United States

The United States came into the war at the end and we simply helped to end the war. We were the relievers for the Allies.