America in France

America in France

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America in France

America in France

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General Pershing at the War Department--Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces--Modest beginnings of our greatest national enterprise--Specialists in war take command--The American crusader--Difficult even for the French to understand our distinterestedness--General Pershing and his staff sail from New York--Beginning staff work on shipboard--An American General reviews British troops--Ovations in Paris--The real General Pershing.

IT was in the May days of our early war emotion and war effort, after public imagination had responded to Marshal Joffre's call for American troops to fight beside his veterans. Long lines of private cars waited on the sidings of the Union Station in Washington while their owners were seeking to serve the government for a dollar a year. The word coördination had not yet become the bandied symbol of the thing most needed and most desired in harnessing the Niagara of our national energy into voltage.

Anyone passing along the corridors of the War Department who looked into the small room opposite the Chief of Staff's office might have taken the Major General and other officers within as engaged in some routine departmental work unless he had . . .

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