San Antonio in the Great War

San Antonio in the Great War

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San Antonio, Texas, has been called a€œMilitary City USAa€ for many years. It earned this sobriquet not only by virtue of its major military installations but also because of its close and cordial relationship with the US Armed Forces. But in 1916, the year before America entered the Great War, all of that was still in the future. Fort Sam Houston was the largest US Army post in the country, but its attention was focused on the border with Mexico. This changed on April 6, 1917, as the United States needed to quickly raise an expeditionary army of three million men with its attendant air service and send it overseas. This volume portrays the growth of military facilities and infrastructure in San Antonio during World War I that started the Alamo City on the road to becoming a€œMilitary City USA.a€This equipment was supported by five water wagons, 60 three-ton trucks, 17 cars, three motorcycles, and four light trucks. ... of lumber, 3, 000 cubic yards of concrete, 125, 000 pieces of hardware, 60, 000 doors and windows, and 7, 500 plumbing fixtures. ... The buildings were models of Spartan simplicity, patterned after the standardized temporary buildings depicted in the Quartermaster Manual of 1916.

Title:San Antonio in the Great War
Author:John M. Manguso
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2014-06-09


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