Sunday 2 April 2017

Sunday WW1 Remembered...

I am a frequent visitor to the History of the Great War website and I am always fascinated in the timeline of events which are so clearly marked out for each month of the war.

 This month I will look at what was happening in April,1917.

U.S. Entry into World War I, 1917

On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson went before a joint session of Congress to request a declaration of war against Germany. On April 4, 1917, the U.S. Senate voted in support of the measure to declare war on Germany. The House concurred two days later. The United States later declared war on German ally Austria-Hungary on December 7, 1917.

US Army Recruitment poster

More than four million copies of this image of 'Uncle Sam ' were printed between 1917 and 1918.

Incidentally I visited the Imperial War Museum as a young teenager and bought a copy of this poster which was on my bedroom wall for quite a while.


H.M.S. "Jason" (torpedo gunboat) sunk by mine off west coast of Scotland.

On 3rd April 1917 Minesweeper HMS Jason was sunk at 56 36N, 6 28W by a mine laid by U-boat 78, off Coll Island, West coast of Scotland, with the loss of 25 lives.

© IWM (FL 14225)


  1. Very glad to see these posts Jo. I have a particular interest. April 16th will be the centenary of my grandfather's death fighting in Palestine with the Isle of Wight Rifles. The Holy City was just over the hill from where he was killed, he didn't live to see it.

    1. Thanks for reading my WW1 feature, Michael, and also for sharing your grandfather's story. Much appreciated.


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