Accession Number : ADA309343

Title :   80 Years of Service Savanna Ordnance Depot in the Defense of Our Nation 1916 - 1996,

Corporate Author : SAVANNA ARMY DEPOT ACTIVITY IL

Personal Author(s) : Kunke, RuthAnne ; Olsen, Inga ; Paulson, Rose E.

PDF Url : ADA309343

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 65

Abstract : At first glance the story of the establishment of an Army ordnance facility at Savanna, Illinois seems straight forward. In spite of President Wilson's efforts to mediate peace and maintain a neutral stance between the warring European powers, the United States was drawn into armed conflict when Imperial Germany officially resumed unrestricted submarine warfare on 1 February 1917. The subsequent sinking of six American ships prompted President Wilson to call a special session of Congress. On 2 April 1917 he asked for a declaration of war. After four days of debate, Congress passed the declaration. The Sundry Civil Act, passed by Congress on 12 June 1917, authorized $1,500,000 for the establishment of a proof-firing facility for ordnance material in the Midwest. The construction of the Savanna facility began in April 1918 and was completed in December. On 26 December 1918 the Savanna Proving Ground officially opened.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *SUPPLY DEPOTS, *ORDNANCE, WEAPONS, EUROPE, WARFARE, CONGRESS, SHIPS, UNITED STATES, PEACETIME, MATERIALS, ARMY FACILITIES, SCALE, FRANCE, GERMANY, CONFLICT, NATIONAL DEFENSE, GREAT BRITAIN, ILLINOIS.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE