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Before World War II, the war was also known as The Great War, The World War, The Kaiser’s War, The War of the Nations, The War in Europe, or The European War. In the United Kingdom and the United States it was commonly called The war to end war. In France and Belgium it was sometimes referred to as La Guerre du Droit (the War for Justice) or La Guerre Pour la Civilisation/de Oorlog tot de Beschaving (the War to Preserve Civilization), especially on medals and commemorative monuments. The term used by official histories of the war in Britain and Canada is First World War, while American histories generally use the term World War I.

World War I was a military conflict centered on Europe that began in the summer of 1914. The fighting ended in late 1918. This conflict involved all of the world’s great powers, assembled in two opposing alliances: the Allies (centered around the Triple Entente) and the Central Powers. More than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized in one of the largest wars in history. More than 9 million combatants were killed, due largely to great technological advances in firepower without corresponding ones in mobility. It was the second deadliest conflict in history.

The United States was a formal participant in World War One from April 6, 1917 until the war’s end in 1918. Up to that point, the US had remained neutral, though the US had been an important supplier to The United Kingdom and other Allied powers. During the war, the US mobilized over 4,000,000 military personnel and suffered over 300,000 casualties, including over 110,000 deaths. The war saw a dramatic expansion of the US government in an effort to harness the war effort and a significant increase in the size of the US military. See Wikipedia

1914-1918 (US entered 1917)

Records for World War I

Cemeteries

World War War I Draft Records

World War I Draft Records

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  • World War I Draft Registrations
  • World War I Veterans Buried in Idaho

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Suggested Reading or Watching

The First World War – Complete Series – Although the First World War gets less attention than its successor, it was really the watershed event of the 20th century. This conflict shaped the world that came after to this day.

An American Soldier in World War I – This extraordinary collection of Brownie’s letters reveals the day-to-day life of an American soldier in the European theater. The difficulties of training, transportation to France, dangers of combat, and the ultimate strain on George and Marty’s relationship are all captured in these pages.

 



MLA Source Citation:

US Military Records. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 6 October 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/military/world-war-i-records.htm - Last updated on Mar 27th, 2014


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