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Institute of Politics Hosts Four-Part Series on WWI – Part Three

April 2017 marks 100 years since the United States entered World War I. The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas held the second of a four-part series to honor the Great War.

In this series, Dr. Richard Faulkner of the U.S. Army Command College said one of the biggest problems the U.S Army faced was the amount of casualties.

In one year, the United States lost over 115,000 soldiers on the battlefield or due to diseases, making World War l the third deadliest in American history behind the Civil War and World War II.

“In a single week of fighting, the American Army lost nearly as many men as we have lost in the previous 15 years of the global war on terror,” Faulkner said. “This army has problems, it is not prepared for this level of casualties.”

Faulkner talked about how the number casualties were skyrocketing and morale among the U.S. soldiers was at an all time low. He brought a German propaganda poster of captured US troops that was meant to capitalize on this to show the audience. However, Faulkner said that it backfired and caused German morale to sink lower than the American soldiers.

The propaganda depicted American soldiers as young, tall, well-fed and well-equipped, according to Faulkner.

Faulkner also mentioned the battle of the Meuse Argonne holds the record as the bloodiest in U.S. history, claiming the lives of over 26,000 American troops.

During the third part of the series last night, professor Jennifer Keene said war is not only the reason for the success of woman’s suffrage. She says that World War I showed us the best and worst of how women gained the right to vote.

The fourth part of the series will take place Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. at the Dole Institute of Politics.