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The turn of the calendar year is a study in contrasts. As we reflect on the events of the previous year, we look ahead to the year to come, in all its shining possibility. 

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At the time, it was said to be the war to end all wars. One hundred years after the end of World War I, LancasterChorale is paying solemn tribute in music and readings of poetry and letters to those who gave their lives in that conflict.

On April 6, 1917, the U.S. declared war on Germany and formally entered World War I. By late June, American infantry troops began arriving in Europe. One thing they couldn't do without? Coffee.

"Coffee was as important as beef and bread," a high-ranking Army official concluded after the war. A postwar review of the military's coffee supply concurred, stating that it "restored courage and strength" and "kept up the morale."

World War I sometimes seems like the war America forgot.

The U.S. entered the fight a century ago, on April 6, 1917, nearly three years after it erupted in Europe during the summer of 1914. The Americans made quite a splash, turning a stalemate in favor of their British and French allies.

April 6 marks 100 years since the U.S. Congress voted to declare war on Germany, entering World War I. The war took the lives of 17 million people worldwide. What's not as well-known is the role that animals played at a time when they were still critical to warfare.

Imagine you're a military officer in World War I. Armies have grown so large, you can no longer communicate just by the sound of your voice or the wave of your hand. You need to synchronize movements of troops and artillery, far and wide.

You need a wristwatch.

Looking Back at World War I

Nov 25, 2016
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A century ago, world powers were in deep conflict. World War I hosted some of history's most devastating battles and has long reaching effects that shaped the 20th century.  Join us today as we look back on WWI and how countries have commemorated its centennial. 

Do you ever wonder if that ancient family story your uncle loves to tell is true? Well, perhaps it's something the "History Detectives" can help you with. The popular PBS series in now in its 9th season, investigating interesting historical objects and places, to bring American history to life. This year, History Detectives airs on a new night, Tuesday evenings at 8PM on WOSU TV. Guests: