The American Expeditionary Forces in World War I

The American Expeditionary Forces in World War I

Battle Orders 6
  • Author: John Votaw
  • Short code: BTO 6
  • Publication Date: 20 Mar 2005
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Upon the entry of the United States into World War I, the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) were created by the War Department on short notice from existing units, filled up with men from the training camps and deployed with only their personal weapons and equipment. The US Army was not prepared for combat in France, and the remarkable achievement of the AEF's commanding officer, John J Pershing, was the creation of an American field army, built and nurtured from the bottom up. This book details the organizational structure, training and doctrine of the AEF and illustrates how it came to make a significant contribution to Allied victory in World War I.

Biographical Note

John F Votaw is the Executive Director, Cantigny First Division Foundation, Wheaton, Illinois. Lieutenant Colonel (US Army, Retired) Votaw, a graduate of the US Military Academy (1961), commanded US Army cavalry and armored units through the battalion level and served in Vietnam in 1966-67. He completed graduate studies in history at the University of California, Davis (MA, 1969) and Temple University (PhD, 1991). He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of History at Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois.

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