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The United States and the Great War, 1914-18: A 100th Anniversary Retrospective

Presented by Dr. Stanley Carpenter of the U.S. Naval War College, this is a four-part series.

Part 11 – “We Are Ready Now, Sir,” The United States Navy and the Great War at Sea

This presentation addresses the arrival of the first U.S. Navy forces in the European Theatre in 1917 and subsequent naval operations allied with the British Royal Navy Grand Fleet. The topics include the German unrestricted submarine campaigns of 1915 and 1917, the impact of the RMS Lusitania affair and German unrestricted submarine warfare on American public opinion, the Zimmermann Telegraph, and the Allied anti-submarine counter-measures.

Dr. Stanley Carpenter teaches courses in Air and Land Warfare, Military History, American Revolution, and European History. He is a professor of Strategy and Policy, Strategy and Policy Division Head, College of Distance Education, and Command Historian at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He also directs the Naval War College’s Homeland Security and Homeland Defense elective program. Dr. Carpenter served as a U.S. Naval officer from 1979-2009, retiring with the rank of Captain. He has taught at an array of colleges and universities, including Salve Regina, Hawaii Pacific University, and Norwich University, and is also a published author whose works include a study of military leadership in the British Civil Wars and action-adventure historical novels centered on a Royal Navy intelligence officer.


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May 27
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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