Borrowed Soldiers: Americans under British Command 1918

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The combined British Expeditionary Force and American II Corps successfully pierced the Hindenburg Line during the Hundred Days Campaign of World War I, an offensive that hastened the war’s end. Yet despite the importance of this effort, the training and operation of II Corps has received scant attention from historians.

Mitchell A. Yockelson delivers a comprehensive study of the first time American and British soldiers fought together as a coalition force—more than twenty years...

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Overview

The combined British Expeditionary Force and American II Corps successfully pierced the Hindenburg Line during the Hundred Days Campaign of World War I, an offensive that hastened the war’s end. Yet despite the importance of this effort, the training and operation of II Corps has received scant attention from historians.

Mitchell A. Yockelson delivers a comprehensive study of the first time American and British soldiers fought together as a coalition force—more than twenty years before D-Day. He follows the two divisions that comprised II Corps, the 27th and 30th, from the training camps of South Carolina to the bloody battlefields of Europe. Despite cultural differences, General Pershing’s misgivings, and the contrast between American eagerness and British exhaustion, the untested Yanks benefited from the experience of battle-toughened Tommies. Their combined forces contributed much to the Allied victory.

Yockelson plumbs new archival sources, including letters and diaries of American, Australian, and British soldiers to examine how two forces of differing organization and attitude merged command relationships and operations. Emphasizing tactical cooperation and training, he details II Corps’ performance in Flanders during the Ypres-Lys offensive, the assault on the Hindenburg Line, and the decisive battle of the Selle.

Featuring thirty-nine evocative photographs and nine maps, this account shows how the British and American military relationship evolved both strategically and politically. A case study of coalition warfare, Borrowed Soldiers adds significantly to our understanding of the Great War.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806139197
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Campaigns and Commanders Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,009,011
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John S. D. Eisenhower (1922-2013) was the son of Dwight D. Eisenhower, a former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium and the author of Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
Foreword   John S. D. Eisenhower     ix
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xvii
Organizing an Army     3
Wanted: American Troops     9
Amalgamation     15
The Sunny South: Training in the United States     21
Organizing II Corps     34
Goodbye, South Carolina: The Final Weeks of Training     44
Arrival     54
Training Overseas Commences     62
Division Training     70
We Have Found Each Other at Last     79
Visitors and Inspectors     85
Alone with the British     92
Ypres     98
Aftermath of Battle     107
Prelude to the Big Battle     115
The Americans Move Forward     124
The Americans Enter the Line     159
Main Operation: 29 September 1918     169
Attack by 30th Division     179
Assessing the Battle Performance of the Americans     183
Back to the Front     190
A Change in the Line     199
Reflections on the Selle Operation     209
Brothers in Arms     213
BorrowedSoldiers     220
Epilogue     224
Staff, American II Corps, 29 September 1918     229
Order of Battle, American 27th and 30th Divisions, 10 August-1 September 1918     230
Order of Battle, Allied Army, 29 September 1918     232
Order of Battle, German Army (Second and Eighteenth Armies), 29 September 1918, North and South     237
Comparative Strength of American and British Divisions, 1918     239
Notes     241
Bibliography     275
Index     297
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  • Posted March 6, 2015

    great example of forgotten history

    great example of forgotten history off WWI it was a good read about forgotten Americans who fought in WWI with little to no support from their goverment and no replacements

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