October 2007
Military History;Oct2007, Vol. 24 Issue 7, p55
The article discusses how the U.S. government created a huge army in 1917. When Congress declared war on the Central Powers on April 6, 1917, they were bluffing. The U.S. had an army of just 125,000 men, scarcely in the same league with the millions engaged in Europe. In 1917 and 1918, virtually all men aged 18 to 45 registered for the draft, more than 24 million all told. Training camps sprang up all over America, and by the Armistice in November 1918, the U.S. had 1.2 million men in arms.


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