'Ambushed by Victory': British, French and American Military Plans to Defeat Germany in 1919

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    Abstract

    The United States, Britain, and France's discussions on how to achieve victory over the enemy reveal how widespread was the notion that the war would have to be carried into 1919 in order to ensure a military victory over the German army. With the British, political pressure to maintain a sizable army combined with the over-estimation of the abilities of the enemy meant that many considered victory only possible in 1919. The Americans were determined to expand their army substantially to play a leading role in the 1919 campaign; however, they had to negotiate what constituted a realistic contribution. Behind these deliberations stood the French who were promoting the idea of a decisive 1919 campaign and pressuring their co-belligerents to make the greatest possible commitment to ensure a victorious outcome.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)320-333
    JournalWar & society
    Volume38
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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