Fought far from home, World War I was nonetheless a stirring
American adventure. The achievements of the United States during
that war, often underrated by military historians, were in fact
remarkable, and they turned the tide of the conflict. So says John
S. D. Eisenhower, one of today's most acclaimed military
historians, in his sweeping history of the Great War and the men
who won it: the Yanks of the American Expeditionary Force. Their
men dying in droves on the stalemated Western Front, British and
French generals complained that America was giving too little, too
late. John Eisenhower shows why they were wrong. The European
Allies wished to plug the much-needed U.S. troops into their armies
in order to fill the gaps in the line. But General John J. "Black
Jack" Pershing, the indomitable commander of the AEF, determined
that its troops would fight together, as a whole, in a truly
American army. Only this force, he argued -- not bolstered French
or British units -- could convince Germany that it was hopeless to
fight on. Pershing's often-criticized decision led to the beginning
of the end of World War I -- and the beginning of the U.S. Army as
it is known today. The United States started the war with 200,000
troops, including the National Guard as well as regulars. They were
men principally trained to fight Indians and Mexicans. Just
nineteen months later the Army had mobilized, trained, and equipped
four million men and shipped two million of them to France. It was
the greatest mobilization of military forces the New World had yet
seen. For the men it was a baptism of fire. Throughout Yanks
Eisenhower focuses on the small but expert cadre of officers who
directed our effort: not only Pershing, but also the men who would
win their lasting fame in a later war -- MacArthur, Patton, and
Marshall. But the author has mined diaries, memoirs, and
after-action reports to resurrect as well the doughboys in the
trenches, the unknown soldiers who made every advance possible and
suffered most for every defeat. He brings vividly to life those men
who achieved prominence as the AEF and its allies drove the Germans
back into their homeland -- the irreverent diarist Maury Maverick,
Charles W. Whittlesey and his famous "lost battalion," the colorful
Colonel Ulysses Grant McAlexander, and Sergeant Alvin C. York, who
became an instant celebrity by singlehandedly taking 132 Germans as
prisoners. From outposts in dusty, inglorious American backwaters
to the final bloody drive across Europe, Yanks illuminates
America's Great War as though for the first time. In the AEF,
General John J. Pershing created the Army that would make ours the
American age; in Yanks that Army has at last found a storyteller
worthy of its deeds.
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