By Donald M. Goldstein
Even if the US entered the struggle rather past due, it performed a severe position in tipping the scales opposed to Germany and its allies and in shaping the war’s aftermath. The book’s hundreds and hundreds of images inform the tales of the U.S. squaddies, sailors, airmen, politicians, and electorate at the domestic entrance who helped the Allies win the struggle. Donald Goldstein and Harry Maihafer have produced a bright account of the warfare that eternally altered the destinies of the USA and Europe. DEPOSITили
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Fortunately, however, the crossing, which took ten days, proved uneventful. Until the Baltic reached the danger zone near Britain, it had traveled more or less straight along the North Atlantic sea lane. Then the ship began zigzagging, two destroyers arrived to act as escorts, and port was reached in good order. While the crossing had gone well, it was also chancy. It was decided that future troop crossings would rely on the newly established convoy system. Early in the war, the British had tried keeping the sea lanes safe by means of patrols.
But patrols had failed, and it was decided at least to give the convoy system a try. Henceforth ships crossing the Atlantic would travel in groups and be given naval protection. The first convoy sailed on May 10, 1917. It proved an immediate success, with ship losses beginning to decrease dramatically. Only one ship (which had fallen behind from the group) was lost on that first convoy. The following month, June 1917, sixty merchant ships crossed in convoy without a single loss. Typically, some ten to fifty merchant ships, as well as one or more troop transports, traveled together and were escorted by a cruiser, a half-dozen destroyers, armed trawlers, and torpedo boats [4-1, 4-2].
The War at Sea 33 10277-America in WWI 11/12/03 3:29 PM Page 34 firepower. This was the highly publicized HMS Dreadnought [3-16]. Eventually the term “dreadnought” came into general usage, applied to all the mighty class of battleships coming into the German and British fleets. Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm, however, who fancied himself as something of a naval figure [3-17], was also determined to have a powerful fleet, even declaring he wanted his German Navy to become as potent a force as the German Army.