Delaware in World War I 

Brig. Gen. Kennard R. Wiggins, Jr. (DE ANG Ret.)

My previous four books were all Arcadia publishing books which adhere to a certain formula very heavy on illustrations and images with fairly minimal text. "Delaware in World War I" is the reverse, with more text than images. It was my first "real" book. It remains among one of the most interesting and fun projects I have ever engaged in. And it was timely arriving in the centennial year of the war. 

Delaware's experience in the Great War was that of an awakening. What had been a pastoral collection of farms and merchants was rapidly transformed into a dynamic, economically thriving society. From the immense munitions contribution of the DuPont Company to burgeoning shipbuilding on the Wilmington waterfront, the First State took a leading role in meeting the war's industrial demand. It fortified coastal defenses and thwarted U-boat attacks on its coast. Its men and women learned of valor and sacrifice as thousands of native sons fought in Europe and daughters volunteered on the homefront. Author Kennard R. Wiggins Jr. traces the history that changed the state forever.  

 

Fun fact: A German sympathizer named Ernest Schiller hijacked a freighter out of New York  bound for South America, but was foiled off the Delaware Capes, where he was captured and arrested for piracy

 

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Kennard Wiggins

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