Mead, Gary.


New York, 1st U.S. ed., 2000. Xv + 494 pp., 48 photo-plates + 13 maps & figs. D.j., 23 x 15cm. FINE. The Doughboys were the more than three million men, many of them volunteers, who joined the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in the first twenty months of United States involvement in the First World War. Against the background of the entrenched isolationist sentiments of the early 1900’s, this book examines how America overcame its reluctance to join what was seen as an Old World conflict and become involved in the First World War. Why did America chose to join the Allies and fight a war so far away? What was the fighting experience of the AEF in France and Russia? Most importantly, why has the vital contribution made by the Americans largely been neglected by many historians? Drawing upon the often harrowing accounts of the soldiers of the AEF, the author examines these questions in riveting detail, establishing the pivotal role played by the Americans in the defeat of the central powers in November 1918.

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