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The AEF and Coalition Warmaking,1917-1918 (Modern War Studies (Paperback))

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ISBN-13: 978-0700611157
ISBN-10: 0700611150
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"No practicing American historian excels David Trask in the combined mastery of the diplomatic and the military aspects of warfare. He provides the most cogent assessment available of the enigmatic American commander, General John J. Pershing."--Russell F. Weigley, author of The American Way of War

"An impressive work which is essential to an understanding of military and diplomatic coalition policies during and particularly after the close of World War I."--Betty Miller Unterberger, author of The United States, Revolution, Russioa, and the Rise of Czechoslovakia --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chief historian at the U.S. Army Center for Military History, David F. Trask is also the author of "The AEF and Coalition Warmaking, 1917-1918,"
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  • Series: Modern War Studies (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (December 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700611150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700611157
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,328,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the opening paragraph of his book, David F. Trask expresses noble intentions with Clauswitzian flair. "This study writes Trask, "reflects modern revisionists examinations of minor tactics, but the emphasis throughout is on grand tactics, a much neglected topic" (p.x). What this amounts to is twofold. First, Trask offers a re-evaluation of the political, diplomatic, and military conduct of the Allied coalition (France, Britain, and the United States) against Germany during the last months of World War I. Secondly, Trask delivers a damning indictment against General John J. Pershing and the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF).This book argues against anything positive that was ever written about Pershing and the AEF. Trask contends that most that has been penned about the AEF is written from Pershing's perspective and undermines the importance of French Marshal Ferdinand Foch and the Allied coalition. Trasks fires his broadsides around the central thesis that it was American manpower and materiel that tipped the balance in favor of the Allies, not the combat effectiveness of the AEF.Pershing has been praised for standing firm and not allowing American troops to be used as canon fodder for British and French divisions. Trask, on the other hand, is in favor of the amalgamation of U.S. troops into allied divisions and calls Pershing stubborn for not allowing it from the beginning. The author emphasizes how the German offensive of March 1918 set off such a crisis within the allied high command, that it was only then did Pershing grudgingly permited American troops to fight in British and French formations. Trask says those amalgamated units performed better under allied leadership than did the American First Army in the closing weeks of the war.Read more ›
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