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Cold Pizza
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Tonight's Military History Discussion

It's April 6, 1917. You're General Blackjack Pershing. What do you do to break the bloody stalemate of trench warfare?


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nuke em or develop a laser beam that shoots from space

next question.


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Jim Rockford
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Whatever Britain and France let me do, since I have no logistical capability, very little artillery, and no ability to coordinate operations above the divisional level. My main task is to fight like hell for my troops to go in as cohesive units instead of as individual replacements for British and French casualties.


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My main task is to fight like hell for my troops to go in as cohesive units instead of as individual replacements for British and French casualties.


Was that the case? I know jack dick about WW1.


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yeah, it was quite a conflict over what the American role would be. Britain and France wanted bodies, the US wanted its own army.


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Also, by 1917, both sides were well on their way to figuring out how to break the stalemate: Combined arms, closely coordinated, spearheaded by specialized shock troops. The problem was they were both pretty well punched out by then, and couldn't maintain any kind of momentum once they broke through. Hence the fresh American troops were decisive.
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Whatever Britain and France let me do, since I have no logistical capability, very little artillery, and no ability to coordinate operations above the divisional level. My main task is to fight like hell for my troops to go in as cohesive units instead of as individual replacements for British and French casualties.


While the inital question of deployment was as you suggest, I think you underestimate what Pershing accomplished.

We were logisticlaly supporting the alllies before we entere the war and the deployment obvioulsy stressed the logistical ability of the nation. But Pershing had besides building a lot of infrastructure created a full Army of 22 US and 4 French Divisions by wars end and was clearly operating above Division level.


Jim Rockford
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Fair point.


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they saw American troops as fresh meat for the grinder


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Jma313
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Do as the USMC did at Beallleau wood and attack rather then defend


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