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The American Army and the First World War

(Armies of the Great War)

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This is a definitive history of the American Army's role and performance during the First World War. Drawing from a rich pool of archival sources, David Woodward sheds new light on key themes such as the mobilisation of US forces, the interdependence of military diplomacy, coalition war-making, the combat effectiveness of the AEF and the leadership of its commander John J. ...more
Paperback, 481 pages
Published August 29th 2014 by Cambridge University Press (first published June 16th 2014)
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Jonathan
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very well-written and thorough examination of the hows, whys and campaigns of the American army in World War I. What I especially liked was that this is not simply a battle history but also that Professor Woodward examines the strategy, politics and diplomacy of America's military policies, and how these policies affected her relationships with her allies. In short: in order to impose his vision of the world and how the peace should be structured after the war, Woodrow Wilson insisted on an in ...more
Johnny
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read that goes beyond the simple battlefield narrative and pulls little punches where needed. He provides a lot of information but couches it so that it doesn't distract from the narrative but enhances it. ...more
Edgar Raines
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a first rate academic study of the American military participation in World War I. Woodward faults Woodrow Wilson's hands off war leadership and the at times bumbling mobilization. He is particularly critical of Secretary of War Newton D. Baker, the General Staff, and the War Department bureaus. General Peyton C. March gets high marks for forcefulness but also some share of the blame for the administrative confusion that sent barely trained men into combat. General John J. Pershing had g ...more
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This is not what you were taught in school about how America won the First World War. I was taught that Wilson's 14 Points were the basis for the League of Nations and that Pershing's million man Army saved the day for the Allies.

This book goes much deeper into the socialist passivism of Wilson and the intransigence of Pershing to a degree not seen in other histories of the war. Wilson is shown to be extremely anti-military and Pershing to be militarily inflexible.

The details given enumerate th
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David R. Woodward is emeritus professor of history at Marshall University, where he taught for thirty-six years before his retirement.

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