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World War I: Trench Warfare
German Front Line Trenches
German trenches snaked for hundreds of miles through the countryside near the Somme River.
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World War I: Trench Warfare
World War I: Trench Warfare(11 Photos)
Trench warfare reached its highest development on the Western Front during World War I (1914â€“18), when armies of millions of men faced each other in a line of trenches extending from the Belgian coast through northeastern France to Switzerland.
World War I Leaders
World War I Leaders(16 Photos)
World War I ravaged Europe from 1914 until an armistice was signed in November 1918. In all, more than 9 million soldiers would be killed, and nearly 21 million more wounded.
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World War I: Germans Attack U.S. Navy Boats
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After the repeated sinking of American ships, the President declares war. Historic film footage shows some of the first naval battles.
1916 Battle of the Somme
1916 Battle of the SommeVideo Clip (1:36)
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After two years of trench warfare, the Allies attempt to break through German lines on the Western Front. The ensuing battle will last for months and result in more than one million casualties.
U-Boats Sink the Lusitania in 1915
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When Germany torpedoes a British passenger ship believed to be smuggling arms, anger at the resulting American deaths increases pressure on President Wilson to enter World War I.
Treaty of Versailles Ends World War I
Treaty of Versailles Ends World War IVideo Clip (1:56)
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German resentment over harsh peace terms leads to a rise in nationalist sentiment and the eventual rise to power of Adolf Hitler.
Causes of World War I
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By 1914, military tensions and a series of alliances have Europe on the edge of war. In August, the fuse is lit by an assassination in Sarajevo. By war's end, more than 100 countries would be involved in the conflict.
Kennedy Responds to Berlin Wall
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President Kennedy's diplomatic resolve was tested as tension mounted at the Berlin wall.
History of Colt 45
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In a Mail Call video, R. Lee Ermey answers Carson, a nine-year boy old from Colorado, who asked when the Colt 45 started its service in the U.S. military and when it ended its career. The Colt 45 was invented by gun designer John Browning.
Allies Launch Disastrous Attack at Gallipoli
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An ill-fated assault on Turkish forces leads to 500,000 casualties in World War I.
Secret Atomic City in Tennessee
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The K-25 plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was built to enrich uranium for the atomic bomb.
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In this spud-tacular clip from "Mail Call" R. Lee Ermey shows off the 1895 Colt machine gun, also known as the "potato digger".
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Gompers Pledges Labor's Support for World War I
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Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), discusses the effects of World War I on the United States.
General Pershing Rallies Support for World War I
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In a speech recorded from the battlefield in France on April 4, 1918, Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I, rallies American support with a patriotic message.
George V Silver Jubilee
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King George V speaks to the crowds gathered in London to celebrate his Silver Jubilee on May 6, 1935.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Delivers D-Day Prayer
Franklin D. Roosevelt Delivers D-Day PrayerAudio Clip (3:37)
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In a national radio broadcast on June 6, 1944, as 160,000 Allied troops land in Normandy in an attempt to liberate France, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks America to join him in a prayer.
Ambassador Demands Loyalty From German Americans
Ambassador Demands Loyalty From German AmericansAudio Clip (2:53)
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James Watson Gerard, American ambassador to Germany during World War I, gives a notorious speech to the Ladies Aid Society of St. Mary's Hospital in New York in November 1917, calling for German Americans to be loyal to the United States or risk being shipped back to the Fatherland.
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Almost a year after sending U.S. troops to fight in Iraq, President George W. Bush announces the capture of the country's dictator, Saddam Hussein, in an address to the nation on December 14, 2003.
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