Hundreds of b&w photos, images of advertisements, and technical drawings appear throughout this outstanding book that examines American motor vehicles used in World War One.
The author researched a wide variety of sources, including the American Truck Historical Society, the Art Archives at the Imperial War Museum, the Society of Automotive Historians, and the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, to name just a few. As the basis for the text, Mroz reprinted portions of prior articles he wrote that appeared in magazines such as American History, Autoweek, Army Motors, Militaria International and others.
Although not as exciting or as popular as tanks and armored cars, a standardized truck to haul supplies and men, and to tow artillery and other items was critical to the war effort. Mroz points out that American industry was able to produce only 9,364 Liberty trucks by the November 1918 Armistice. A July 1917 magazine editorialized that taking so long to design and approve a standard truck for the Army was “shameful.” That lesson would be learned and fixed in the Second World War.
Len's Summary: One of a handful of recent works on British wartime rail. Recall that the Director General of Military Railways in the BEF 1915-16 was Sir Eric Geddies, a railway executive given an honorary commission as a Major General.
Len's Summary: The story of Britain’s controversial effort to sink German submarines by deploying heavily-armed merchant vessels with RN crews. The author has also written on the Zeebrugge Raid under the pseudonym of David Lomas.
Len's Summary: Ingalls was a member of the famed First Yale Unit, “the millionaires unit” of Truby Davison, and America’s only naval air ace. He later served in House of Representatives and as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air. Rossano spoke at the 2012 WW1HA seminar at Quantico.
Len's Summary: Volume one covers Boelcke and Immelmann; volume two covers Buddeke, Wintgens and von Mulzer with biographies of each. The author also published Imperial German Eagles in World War I (Schiffer) in two volumes.
On Saturday March 12 the WW1HA hosted its first ever online quiz night. This was a fun way to get geographically distant members together virtually. We are considering doing this a few times a year.
The next issue of World War One Illustrated (WWOI) will be printed shortly. Members/subscribers should receive their printed issue in the next month or so.
Members are encouraged to participate in the monthly online seminars hosted by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter; and we plan to announce a gathering of WW1HA members at the National World War I Museum’s Fall 2022 symposium. Stay tuned!
Do you have a special interest or knowledge regarding a WW1 topic? Consider sharing your knowledge by writing an article for WWOI or a shorter blog post (500 – 1,000 words) for the WW1HA Facebook page. Talk to Editor Ed Klekowski (email@example.com) or Charles Van Way (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
Finally, you can always reach out to me with your thoughts or questions.