2017 Speaker Series

 Lecture

Thursday June 22, 2017   7:00 – 8:30 PM

The World War in Maryland: A Virtual Tour of U.S. Army Instillations and Facilities within the State, 1917 - 1919

Speaker: David Cole

The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overall picture of the level of Army activity that took place in Maryland during World War I.  The United States entered the war on April 6,1917, as an "associated power” of the Allies (France, the United Kingdom and Russia), and immediately became a major provider of supplies, raw material, money and troops for the war effort, contributing significantly to the victory of November 11, 1918.  It is difficult today to envision an all-out national response to a war. But in April 1917, the United States entered the World War, with just 259,000 men in the Army, but by November 1918, the country had sent 2.1 million soldiers to Europe out of a total of 4.7 million men and women in service.  At the time 91,700 Army troops were serving in the state of Maryland alone.

Join us as we take a virtual tour of the U.S. Army installations and facilities that were located in Maryland during World War I, including the Coastal Defenses of the Potomac; the Coastal Defenses of Baltimore; the posts, camps and stations around the state; and in Baltimore and vicinity.

For information call: 410-586-8501

Location: MAC Lab meeting room

Cost: free

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