On April 6, 1917 – 100 years ago this month - the United States declared
war on Germany and officially entered World War I.
The war had begun in Europe back in July 1914, with Germany and its
allies fighting against Russia, France and Great Britain. The United States was
officially neutral in the conflict, although in cities, like Cincinnati, with a
significant population of German heritage, many citizens supported their
Germanic brethren. However, when German submarines began to sink American
merchant ships, the US was left with no option but to declare war on Germany. The
first American troops landed in France in June 1917. Before the end of the war
in November 1918, the American “doughboys” would suffer 116,500 deaths (including
about 400 from Greater Cincinnati) and 204,000 wounded.