America and the Great War: 1914 - 1920 by D. Clayton James, Anne Sharp Wells

By D. Clayton James, Anne Sharp Wells

In the USA and the good conflict, 1914-1920, the comprehensive writing group of D. Clayton James and Anne Sharp Wells offers a succinct account of the central army, political, and social advancements in usa heritage because the state spoke back to, and used to be replaced by means of, a global in crisis.

A forthright exam of America's extraordinary army dedication and activities in another country, the US and the nice battle contains insights into the personalities of key Allied officials and civilian leaders in addition to the evolution of the recent American "citizen soldier." complete assurance is given to President Wilson's beleaguered moment time period, the event of Americans-including ladies, minorities, and up to date arrivals-on the house entrance, and the lasting adjustments left within the nice War's wake.

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Pershing chose strong advo- 38 OVER THERE cates of the two "weapons of the future" to play principal roles: Colonel George S. , directed the AEF Tank Corps' training center, while Brigadier General William Mitchell commanded the AEF Air Service and later the air combat forces. " Patton's ambition led him to seek the tank assignment as a way to enter combat and to advance his career. Although he later became firmly convinced of the tank's value in war, at first he doubted the new technology, writing his father: "There is about a fifty percent chance they wont work at all but if they do they will work like hell ....

By far, Germany had suffered the greatest human sacrifice among the Central powers. Its leaders knew that German military and naval strength had peaked and would continue to decline as its reservoir of young men headed toward depletion. No decision-makers in Europe were more vulnerable to taking a high-risk gamble than those in Berlin. In the top echelons of Germany's government, the generals increasingly determined policy and strategy, further constricting the role of civilian officials such as Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg.

W. 24 THE TANGLED PATHS TO HORROR IN E URO P E Ludendorff, and the section chiefs of the German General Staff constituted the nucleus of the dominant military hierarchy. In Hindenburg's view, Bethmann Hollweg possessed a "flabbiness" of conviction about prosecuting the war and even favored a "soft peace," that is, compromises on postwar aggrandizements to obtain an end to hostilities. From the perspective of the Central powers, the United States by late 1916 had clearly become a belligerent on the side of the Allies.

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