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|Paris Exults After Four Years of War (The Stars and Stripes, 1918)|
A very moving column from the front page of the November 15, 1918 Stars and Stripes describing the joyous pandemonium that characterized the city of Paris when World War One came to a close:
"And all Paris laughed the laugh of happy children after a day's glad play. And the next day, and the next night, Paris sallied forth to romp and play again."
Click here to read about the W.W. II liberation of Paris.
Gauze Masks Used to Fight Influenza (The Stars and Stripes, 1918)
The influenza of 1918 took a large bite out of the American Army, both at home and abroad. The military and civilian medical authorities were at a loss for a good while as to what actions should be taken to prevent the spread of the disease, and as they paused to plan, thousands died. The attached article describes one step that provided some measure of success in the short term. Keep in mind that the STARS and STRIPES was a U.S. Army newspaper operating under wartime conditions with heavy censorship; it is likely that the two deaths described in this article were indeed due to Influenza.
How Yank Aviators Were Credited For Wins (The Stars and Stripes, 1918)
An explanation from the official newspaper of the A.E.F. as to how the First World War American fighter pilots were credited for their victories in the war against Germany.
Sioux Code-Talkers of the Great War (The Stars and Stripes, 1919)
The Navajo code-talkers in the Second World War are well-known, but not so terribly well known were their brothers the Sioux, and the similar contributions that they had made just twenty years earlier in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
TOPIC INDEX: The Battle of the Meusse-Argonne, American Indians in the U.S. Army, Native Americans in the U.S. Army, American Indians and the Great War, American Indians and World War One, Indian Code-Talkers in World War One, Indian Code Talkers in the First World War, Sioux Nation and World War One, U.S. Army Codes, History of Cryptology, Journalism 1917, Radio Code Twentieth Century Warfare.
Woman Aviator Seeks Mail Job (The Stars and Stripes, 1919)
"Katherine Stinson (1891-1977) wants to carry letters up to Third Army". By the time Stinson (a.k.a. "the Flying Schoolgirl") had applied for the job of carying the mail to the occupying forces in post-war Germany, she already had the distinction of being the fourth American woman to earn a pilot's license and the first woman to ever deliver air-mail for the U.S. Post Office. She didn't get the job...
The U.S. Army Assault on November 11, 1918 (The Stars and Stripes, 1918)
This uncredited "Stars & Stripes" article dwells on the same topic as the well-researched book by Joseph Persico, Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day, 1918 (2003, Random House). For those who are curious about the violent climax of the war, this two page article will help you to understand which A.E.F. units were still attacking along what front at 10:59 a.m. on November 11, 1918.
"Then a quite startling thing occurred. The skyline of the crest ahead of them grew suddenly populous with dancing soldiers...The Germans came with outstretched hands, ear-to-ear grins and souvenirs to swap for cigarettes."
"So came to an end the 11th of November, 1918; the 585th day since America entered the war."
There is no reference made to Sergeant Henry Gunther, of Baltimore, who was shot through the chest by German machine gun bullets at 10:59 outside the sleepy hamlet of Ville-devant-Chaumont.
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