The Impact Of The United States Involvement In World War I

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United States’ involvement in World War I consisted of an initial state of neutrality that would eventually lead to battle. President Woodrow Wilson of the US desired to remain neutral throughout the war, but as conflicts arose from the Central powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire, war was inevitable. While lacking necessary experience and resources, the United States required extensive preparation for battle in Europe. As America entered the war with the Allied powers, the central powers would eventually fall, providing an opportunity to establish temporary peace at the Paris Peace Conference. Although the United States entered World War I later than most nations, the impact from the American military forces provided …show more content…
While Wilson remained neutral for the early stages of war, he prepared for battle to ensure the survival of the American military in case of battle. Through Congress, the National Defense Force Act was established in 1916 to expand the army and build facilities. Congress also initiated the Naval Construction Act that granted over $500 million for a three-year expansion of the United States Navy. Eventually, the Selective Service Act initially formed a draft for men between the ages of twenty-one and thirty, as an initiative to expand the US armed forces on the Western front. Although early performance in the war was poor due to inexperience, the American army successfully helped a depleted Ally force. While Foch wanted American troops to disperse amongst French and British armies, Wilson and General Pershing opposed. The US armies required command under an American general, and a separate army allowed the United States to receive a voice in discussions of war strategies. Although the United States’ involvement on the Western front was not the sole reason of the success, they were able to bring supplies and men that catapulted the Allied victory over the Central powers. American contributions in the Battle of Bellau Wood halted German imperialism throughout France, and the battle established the respect of the Marines, as they endure brutality …show more content…
Initial neutrality eventually led to an alliance with the Triple Entente as Germany and the Central powers continued aggression throughout Europe. While the American army seemed small at first, they eventually alleviated dwindling Allied forces on the Western front. As World War I concluded, President Wilson established methods of peacekeeping that would translate into the Treaty of Versailles, and the treaty became an undertaking for Congress to finalize. Throughout World War I, the United States gained combat experience as they aided the Allies in defeated the Central powers. While having a mediocre army initially, the Americans provided support that catapulted the Allied forces to

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