New Book and Rare Photos for WWI 100th Anniversary

True story of untested American volunteers who entered German-occupied Belgium to attempt what had never been done before -- save an entire nation from starvation trapped in the middle of a world war.


Few have heard of the CRB—the American-led Commission for Relief in Belgium. For nearly 10 million Belgians and Northern French facing imminent starvation behind German lines in World War I, the CRB was life-saving.

With the indomitable help of young, idealistic Americans, the CRB was responsible for initiating, organizing, and supervising the largest food relief the world had ever seen.

This is the story told in the narrative non-fiction historical book, WWI Crusaders: A band of Yanks in German-occupied Belgium help save millions from starvation as civilians resist the harsh German rule, August 1914 to May 1917 [Milbrown Press, November 11th, 2018], by historian and veteran writer Jeffrey B. Miller and releasing this fall on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (and Veteran’s Day).

Realizing that Americans were in the dark about this incredible humanitarian chapter of U.S. history—and reflecting on his own personal connections to the story, which he holds close to his heart—Miller set out to make a significant contribution to the written record of this massive American relief effort, while also bringing attention to the all-deserving but rarely-praised President Herbert Hoover.

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A thoroughly-researched and comprehensive telling, which follows Miller’s highly-praised Behind the Lines – part one of a planned three-part series – WWI Crusaders explores a variety of important facets from this groundbreaking contribution to humanitarian relief and war aid, including:

  • The scale and awareness that this humanitarian effort really beholds
  • The results and how Americans saved millions of lives
  • The staggering obstacles of establishing and maintaining relief for nearly 10 million, all behind the German trenches
  • Who the humanitarian crusaders actually were and their passion for service and relief
  • Herbert Hoover’s own role in the food relief effort—during and after the war
  • No one thought it was possible—private citizens of a neutral country saving from starvation an entire nation trapped in the middle of a world war
  • Drama and tension in the story: The leaders of the CRB and CN created internal conflicts that often threatened the relief efforts, and how they persevered through crisis after crisis

Of Behind the Lines, Foreword Reviews said, “Writers like Miller bring to life the people, the heroes we do not know, and this alone is reason enough to look forward to his next book,” while Publishers Weekly commented, “Though it’s an intriguing read, Miller’s well-written and thorough study will be of greatest interest to specialists in WWI and European history,” and a Kirkus Reviews Starred Review added, “An excellent history that should catapult Miller to the top tier of popular historians,” also naming it one of the Best Books of 2014.

About Jeffrey B. Miller: 
Jeffrey B. Miller has been a writer, editor, and author for more than 40 years. His career includes starting six magazines (city, regional, and national), being editor-in-chief of five inflight magazines, and director of communications for AAA Colorado. He is also the author of Stapleton International Airport: The First Fifty Years (Pruett Publishing, Boulder, CO, 1983); co-author with Dr. Gordon Ehlers of Facing Your Fifties: Every Man’s Reference to Mid-life Health (M. Evans & Co., New York, 2002), which was included in Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2002; and author of Behind the Lines (Milbrown Press, 2014), which detailed the chaotic beginnings of WWI Belgium food relief and was included in Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014.

Miller is currently a member of American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), American Historical Association (AHA), National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS), Colorado Authors League (CAL), Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), and the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA). Learn more about Miller’s work at

WWI Crusaders will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold beginning November 11, 2018.

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  1. Another war, by and for the banksters. The purpose being the creation of the League Nations.

    And if you ask Albert Pike with his letter to Giuseppe Mazzini in 1871:

    “The First World War must be brought about in order to permit the Illuminati to overthrow the power of the Czars in Russia and of making that country a fortress of atheistic Communism. The divergences caused by the “agentur” (agents) of the Illuminati between the British and Germanic Empires will be used to foment this war. At the end of the war, Communism will be built and used in order to destroy the other governments and in order to weaken the religions.”

    “The Second World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences between the Fascists and the political Zionists. This war must be brought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that the political Zionism be strong enough to institute a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine. During the Second World War, International Communism must become strong enough in order to balance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until the time when we would need it for the final social cataclysm.”

    “The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the “agentur” of the “Illuminati” between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other.

  2. The CRB was a fraud directed by Emile Francqui.

    Although his name is unknown in the United States, Emile Francqui was the
    guiding spirit behind Herbert Hoover’s rise to fortune. Hamill (on page 156)
    identifies Francqui as the director of many atrocities committed against natives
    in the Congo. “For every cartridge they spent, they had to bring in a man’s
    hand”. Francqui’s frightful record may have been the source for the charge later
    leveled against German soldiers in Belgium, that they chopped off the hands of
    women and children, a claim which proved to be groundless. Hamill also says that
    Francqui “tricked the Americans out of the Hankow-Canton railroad concession in
    China in 1901, and at the same time had ‘stood by’ in case Hoover needed any
    further help in the ‘taking’ of the Kaiping coal mines. This is the humanitarian
    who had sole charge of the distribution of the Belgian ‘relief’ during the World
    War, for which Hoover did the buying and shipping. Francqui was a director with
    Hoover, in the Chinese Engineering and Mining Company (the Kaiping mines),
    through which Hoover transported 200,000 Chinese slave workers to the Congo to
    work Francqui’s copper mines.”

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