The US Army Expeditionary Force may have arrived late but performed with distinction and helped win the final victories. The Great War histories have rarely done anything like the justice deserved by US soldiers. – Very Highly Recommended.
The US arrived late for the Great War but they arrived in time. The collapse of the Russians, as their revolution developed, was a blow to the British and French. It meant that most of the German forces on the Eastern Front could be transported to the Western Front and the added numbers would give the Germans an important advantage. As the US Army arrived in France and achieved Full Operational Capability, they more than made up for the loss of the Russians. The US had hastily assembled army formations to ship across to Europe and the troops arrived in France needing appropriate equipment, training, orientation, and incorporation in the Allied front line. Britain and France provided that equipment and related training. Before deploying to France, the US Army was still organized much as it had been for the Civil War and the Indian Wars. This was probably a great advantage because, had the US Army developed to fight the industrial war being fought in Europe, it would have presented a significant logistics challenge. As it was, the Expeditionary Force was to receive weapons and equipment that had been proven on the Western Front and for which spares and ammunition were already assembled. Some weapons were of course of US design and/or manufacture and sold to France and Britain, The famous Lee Enfield rifle was using the the American Lee's bolt design under licence, installed in the rifle made at Enfield, England. The author has provided a detailed history of the US part in the St Mihiel Offensive. The well researched and able text is fully supported by many excellent maps and images. He has also provided information to assist those now visiting the battleground. An important addition to available WWI information.