Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Europe Receives American Troops

Five years short of a century ago today, U.S. troops arrived in France for duty in the Great War.


The Last Churchillian said...

I wonder what the world would be like if they didn't show up? Would Germany stretch from the English Channel to Ukraine? Or would the growing casualties mount so high even the Kaiser would be willing for peace? Maybe not a victory but a mutual agreement could've protected the old order.

J.K. Baltzersen said...

Thank you for this reflection, sir.

The German Emperor was not particularly warmongering. The problem with militarism in Prussia was basically elsewhere.

There was a stalemate for so long, which have led several writers to suggest that finding peace without "total victory" would have been the result of non-intervention from across the big pond.

That being said, American intervention did not start in April or June 1917. That was just the open, military part of it.