About the Event:
Military historian and archivist Mitchell Yockelson will recount how 100 years ago, on April 6, 1917, President Wilson committed the U.S. military in the fight to keep the world safe.
About the Book:
In a discussion of his book, Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I, historian Mitchell Yockelson recounts how 100 years ago, on April 6, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson committed the U.S. military in the fight to keep the World Safe From Democracy. After a year of building the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), in the fall of 1918, more than a million U.S. soldiers faced a better trained and more experienced German army during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. It was the Americans’ largest and bloodiest campaign of the war, but the troops led by Gen. John J. Pershing were victorious and resulted in an armistice on November 11, 1918.
About the author
MITCHELL YOCKELSON, the recipient of the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award, is an archivist with the National Archives and former professor of military history at the United States Naval Academy. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has appeared on 60 Minutes, Fox News, PBS, and the History Channel. He is the author of three earlier books: Borrowed Soldiers: Americans under British Command, 1918, named one of the best military history books by The Independent (UK) in 2008; MacArthur: America’s General, and Grant: Savior of the Union. An historical adviser to the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, Yockelson regularly leads tours of World War I battlefields for the Smithsonian Journeys and New York Times Journeys series, and frequently lectures on military history. He lives in Annapolis.
This event will be in English.
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