100 Years Ago Today
On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on the Germany Empire, thus joining the world war that began in August 1914. The US was an associated power with the Allied Forces and entering into one of the bloodiest conflicts to ever grip Europe. Fifteen nations and empires saw 65 million men under arms, including 4.3 million Americans. When the conflagration ended in 1918, the Ottoman, Russian, Austria-Hungarian and German empires had fallen. More than 10 million combatants had been killed out of some 38 million casualties. The last American veteran of the Great War, Corporal Frank Buckles, died just over six years ago, at the age of 110.