It’s July 1917, three years since another July spun the world into global war. A major Russian offensive ends in defeat, retreat, and massive demonstrations in the streets of Petrograd, forcing a change in the revolutionary government. A political upheaval in Germany leads to the resignation of Chancellor Bethmann-Hollweg and Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann. King George V visits the British Army on the Western Front. While he is there German bombers attack London; when he returns he changes the name of the Royal Family. In the Near East, Arab tribes led by Lawrence of Arabia capture the important Red Sea port of Aqaba. Winston Churchill rejoins the British Cabinet as Minister of Munitions. The British Army begins another major offensive at Ypres. An American Army battalion marches through Paris and visits Lafayette’s tomb. A large convoy of American troops arrives safely in France after a crossing contested by German U-boats. An accidental explosion sinks a dreadnought at Scapa Flow. In the United States the Secretary of War sets up a system of press censorship, then backs down in the face of fierce criticism. General Pershing says he wants a three million man Army by 1919. Compulsory military service begins as the first numbers are drawn in the draft lottery. Exports are prohibited without a license. Race riots explode in East St. Louis.