The entry of the United States into the First World War in April 1917 required not just the massive expansion of America’s armed forces, but also their deployment to Europe, as well as their adaptation to new kinds of warfare.

Thousands of men from the North East of England left the region in the years before 1914 and a significant number enlisted in the American army in 1917-18.

US Navy crossing Atlantic

US Navy in the North Sea

The US dreadnoughts were formed into the 6th Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet under Admiral Rodman. Operating from Scapa Flow they undertook training cruises with the Royal Navy until fully operational.

Phillip M Payson and RS Austin

The US Army in the NE

The US Army began to arrive as troops became available in sufficient quantity. Although the majority went directly to France, some did come to Britain. Amongst these were airmen undertaking training on British combat aircraft…

Anglo-American Relations

With US entry into war, Lord Mayor of Newcastle wrote to Walter Hamm, US Consul to the city: “Your country and ours are alike fighting to preserve their ideals of liberty and freedom, not so much for themselves as for the other peoples of the world.”