nessin wrote:In addition to what has already been said, keep in mind two other factors (I've yet to see the Americans so I'm not sure if the first item is actually modeled):
1) Whereas most countries started with big troop organizations that got smaller and smaller over time, the US unit organization started big and just got bigger. For example, the First Army (not even the full AEF) at one point was comprised of over 500,000 personnel among SEVEN divisions. SEVEN! Assuming a roughly equal division of men (which I don't think was the case) a single Division was bigger than most pre-war Corps, and some entire Army formations during the war.
2) American combat strength was greatly reduced due to using foreign equipment, often the left-overs. Others have mentioned this, but I just wanted to point out that the US had the basic equipment and capability to mass produce it already (ie, Infantry gear and Artillery) but due to our limited duration with which we actively participated in the war we didn't really get a chance to make use of anything. I'd highly encourage you to look up the history of the BAR, its a very interesting story in relation to the US and WWI.
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