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The American Army and the First World War

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Part of Armies of the Great War

  • Date Published: August 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107648869

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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. Pershing. He shows us how, in spite of a flawed combat doctrine, logistical breakdowns and American industry's failure to provide modern weaponry, the Doughboys were nonetheless able to wage a costly battle at Meuse-Argonne and play a decisive role in ending the war. The book gives voice to the common soldier through firsthand war diaries, letters, and memoirs, allowing us to reimagine their first encounters with regimented military life, their transport across the sub-infested Atlantic to Europe, and their experiences both in and behind the trenches.

    • Carefully analyzes the American army's performance against the German army, arguably the most formidable fighting force in the world
    • Places the US role in the broad paradigm of the industrialized and generally static conflict that prevailed on the Western Front
    • Uses soldiers' personal accounts to portray their first encounters with regimented military life, their transport across the sub-infested Atlantic to Europe, and their experiences both in and behind the trenches
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107648869
    • length: 481 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus. 13 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Birth of a modern army
    2. World war and American preparedness
    3. Coercive power and Wilsonian diplomacy
    4. You're in the army now
    5. US Army doctrine and industrialized trench warfare
    6. Over where?
    7. AEF organization, overseas training and deployment
    8. Will the Americans arrive in time?
    9. Failed expectations: 'the military establishment of the US has fallen down'
    10. Atlantic ferry
    11. Neck of the bottle
    12. Uncertain times
    13. Cantigny
    14. Into the breach
    15. American soldiers in North Russia and Siberia
    16. The beginning of the end
    17. Establishment of the American First Army and St Mihiel
    18. Meuse-Argonne: September 26–October 31
    19. Breakout, November 1–11
    20. Epilogue

  • Author

    David Woodward, Marshall University, West Virginia
    David R. Woodward is Emeritus Professor of History at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia.

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