How America Won World War I

How America Won World War I

by Alan Axelrod


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Immediately after the armistice was signed in November, 1918, an American journalist asked Paul von Hindenburg who won the war against Germany. He was the chief of the German General Staff, co-architect with Erich Ludendorff of Germany’s Eastern Front victories and its nearly war-winning Western Front offensives, and he did not hesitate in his answer. “The American infantry,” he said. He made it even more specific, telling the reporter that the final death blow for Germany was delivered by “the American infantry in the Argonne.”

The British and the French often denigrated the American contribution to the war, but they had begged for US entry into the conflict, and their stake in America’s victory was, if anything, even greater than that of the United States itself. But How America Won World War I will not litigate the points of view of Britain and France. The book will accepts as gospel the assessment of the top German leader whose job it had been to oppose the Americans directly - that the American infantry won the war - and this book will tell how the American infantry did it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493031924
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2018
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 745,257
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Alan Axelrod, Ph.D., is the author of many books on leadership, history, and military history, including Miracle at Belleau Wood (Lyons Press, 2018), The Battle of the Somme (Lyons Press, 2016), The Battle of Verdun (Lyons Press, 2016), and Selling the Great War: The Making of American Propaganda (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He has taught at Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, IL) and Furman University (Greenville, SC) and was most recently a creative consultant and on-screen commentator for The Great War, on the PBS American Experience television series.

Table of Contents

Introduction Wrong Turn in Sarajevo vii

Part I Safe for Democracy Chapter 1

Chapter 1 Too Proud to Fight 3

Chapter 2 Tipping Point 27

Chapter 3 Regimenting the Public Mind 44

Chapter 4 From Over Here to Over There 63

Chapter 5 Black Jack: John Joseph Pershing 86

Part II The American Campaigns

Chapter 6 First Blood: Cambrai and the Somme Defensive, November 20-December 4, 1917, and March 21-April 6, 1918 101

Chapter 7 Lys: April 9-27, 1918 115

Chapter 8 Aisne: May 27-June 6, 1918, including the Battle of Cantigny 124

Chapter 9 Belleau Wood: June 1-26, 1918 133

Chapter 10 Montdidier-Noyon and Champagne-Marne: June 9-13, 1918, and July 15-18, 1918, including the Battle of Chateau-Thierry 145

Chapter 11 Aisne-Marne: July 18-August 6, 1918 159

Chapter 12 Somme Offensive: August 8-November 11, 1918 172

Chapter 13 Oise-Aisne: August 18-November 11, 1918 185

Chapter 14 Ypres-Lys: August 19-November 11, 1918 193

Chapter 15 St. Mihiel: September 12-16, 1918 204

Chapter 16 Meuse-Argonne: September 26-November-11, 1918 226

Chapter 17 Vittorio Veneto: October 24-November 4, 1918 246

Part III Marching into the American Century

Chapter 18 Hall of Mirrors 257

Chapter 19 Normalcy 278

Notes 297

Index 305

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