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Armed Forces (United States)
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Armed Forces (United States)

During the First World War the armed forces of the United States were crafted by national politics. The Russian Provisional Government of 1917 had promised resolutely to continue the war in the East. On the Western Front, the Germans were unequivocally on the defensive. In no way was America itself directly threatened. Nevertheless, the pattern developed in the World War would guide the United States in 20th century warfare. Politics would determine the strategy, the organizational leadership, and even the tactics. Woodrow Wilson, at first an advoc…

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Showalter, Dennis E., “Armed Forces (United States)”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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