Author’s Note and Acknowledgments
1 1914, Setting the Stage
2 First Challenges, First Steps
3 Hoover and Other Relief Efforts
4 Rotterdam: The Transshipping Hub
5 Life in German-Occupied Belgium
6 The CRB Delegates
7 The Mechanics of Relief
8 The Belgian Side of Food Relief
9 Food Relief in Northern France
10 Pressures from Von Bissing
11 Internal Strife and Battle for Control
12 Critical Crop Negotiations
13 Accusations: Hoover as Traitor, Delegates as Spies
14 A Breaking Point
15 The German Deportations
16 The Human Toll
17 The Last Days of Americans in Belgium
About the Author
An important and unique contribution to World War I histories, Jeff Miller’s meticulously researched book fills the void of an often-forgotten aspect of the war—US humanitarian efforts. This is a beautifully written story about one of America’s finest hours.
Yanks behind the Lines is a fascinating portrait of America’s First World War. Exploring a vital but little-known chapter of humanitarian intervention, Miller establishes the centrality of saving Belgium and France from famine to the American war experience.
In Yanks behind the Lines, Jeffrey B. Miller sheds welcome light on one of the noblest episodes in modern American history: the pioneering humanitarian relief mission, led by Herbert Hoover, that saved millions of Belgian and French civilians from starvation during World War I. Americans should learn this remarkable story, which Miller, a gifted chronicler, tells with acuity and verve.