The Stars and Stripes
The Stars and Stripes.
Vol. 2, no. 5 (March 7, 1919)
Serial & Government Publications Division (58.14 )
From February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919, by order of General John
J. Pershing, the U.S. Army published a newspaper for its WWI forces,
The Stars and Stripes. When the paper began publication,
American troops were dispersed throughout the Western Front, and
provided these scattered troops with unity of purpose. At the peak
of its production, the paper had a circulation of 526,000 readers.
As this issue illustrates, The Stars and Stripes was a
deliberate attempt to recreate the American soldier's hometown
newspaper--the eight page weekly featured news from the home front,
sports, health and welfare projects, poetry, and cartoons.