World War 1
First battle of WWI in which us troops actively participated in combat
Showed the rest of the world the amazing tenacity with which the United States soldiers fought with. Thousands of marines successfully defended Belleau Wood from German invasion. This was also the most considerable engagement with a foreign enemy.
One of the first us solo offenses of the war. The allies surprise attacked the Germans and caught them at a time of retreat which led to a clear cut win for the allies.
The development of the machine gun made it impossible for foot soldiers to advance on open land. Trenches were dug for shelter, and were seen predominantly on the western front. The trenches provided protection from artillery and resulted in stalemate.
Various poison gasses such as chlorine, mustard, and tear gas were used on the battlefield. These gasses caused severe injury or even death. Germans first Introduced chlorine gas during the second battle of Ypres. Wind was a crucial factor when using the gas. Gas later become ineffective with the introduction of gas masks.
Men dug tunnels underneath enemy positions and then used explosives to destroy their targets from below. First used by the Germans.
Life on the Homefront
This poster calls for all men,women, and children to help in the war efforts. It urges those not fighting to actively look for work in factories and other places that produce goods for the war. The poster is used to inspire war efforts at home.
This poster is used to inspire an intense dislike for the enemy. It depicts the allies as the women being attacked by the gorilla and wants to incite feelings of anger towards the axis powers. The poster wants more people to enlist in the army and help defeat the axis powers.