A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1 (part four: 1917)
“There still are a lot of people who think a man becomes a soldier the moment he gets into uniform and puts a gun on his shoulder. This is nonsense, even if the man happens to be an American.”
Like two years earlier, 1917 is a chaotic spring.
Canadian troops easily take their objective at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The battle would later be called Canada’s coming-of-age. While newspapers at the time do not use that term, there is a definite sense that something important has occurred.
United States President Woodrow Wilson ran for re-election on the pledge that he kept the U.S. out the war. However, as submarine warfare increases, Wilson decides now is the time to enter the conflict.
This book is for anyone who has an interest in World War 1, the history of journalism, American history, Canadian history or 20th century history.