Pullman in the First World WarMain MenuPullman in the First World WarThe story of the people of the Pullman neighborhood and the Pullman Company during the First World WarIntroductionPullman, the town and the companyThat Rascal, Pancho VillaThe service of the people of Pullman during the Punitive Expedition to Mexico, 1916-1917Preparedness and NeutralityHow much should America prepare for a European war?Universal Military Training and PlattsburgTurning young middle and upper class men into soldiersForeign ServiceA number of Pullman residents and employees joined the armies of other nationsApril 6, 1917The United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917The 35thRebuilding the French railways systemRallies and Bond DrivesPaying for the warVictory Gardens and Food SecurityFood production and securityLossThe price Pullman paidWomen in ServiceWomen take their part in the war effortsThe Fourth HorsemanThe Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919 and Pullman1918 and 1919The End of the War to End All WarsAndrew Bullene5d9366487bd54fdac2245f21f3b76927ff9be2d
Pullman boys entrain for Camp Grant
12018-07-25T18:45:49+00:00Andrew Bullene5d9366487bd54fdac2245f21f3b76927ff9be2d11A montage of images of Pullman employees and residents boarding a train at 115th/Kensington Station for travel to basic training at Camp Grnat in Rockford.2018-07-25T18:45:49+00:00The Pullman Car Works Standard 1917-11; v. 2 no. 7. p. 5November, 1917Andrew Bullene5d9366487bd54fdac2245f21f3b76927ff9be2d
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12018-07-24T21:19:06+00:00April 6, 19178The United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917image_header2018-07-30T03:07:59+00:00Despite Wilson's most fervent wishes, the United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. Provocations included the sinking of the Lusitania, the death of Edith Cavell, and the atrocities of occupying German forces in Belgium and the Netherlands. The act that led to war was the release of the Zimmerman Telegram.
When the United States entered the war, the combatants had been in desperate conflict for three years. The brutality and suffering in theaters in conflict around the world was unimaginable. Winston Churchill wrote of the war, “There were battles in the beginning, and there were battles in the end, and in between was slaughter.”
With the collapse of the Russian Empire in 1917, Germany and Austro-Hungary were able to move troops from the Eastern front and concentrate them on the Western front. England and France were desperate for American troops and supplies to join the fight.
Pullman employees and residents did answer the call. Many Pullman employees became part of the 35th Engineers, headquartered at Fort Grant in Rockford, Illinois.
Portraits of Pullman Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines