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infinito | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM via web

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How did the Allies win WWI?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 15, 2010 at 9:07 AM (Answer #1)

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The Allies "won" World War I by simply outlasting the Central Powers.  Germany was fighting a two front war for most of the conflict, an was bled by a long, grinding, attrition style of trench warfare that took millions of her young men.  When the United States entered the war in 1917 on the Allied side, it was fresh, with a huge industrial base already manufacturing war materiel, and a population unbloodied as of yet.  There was no way Germany could have competed long term with America allied against her.

Specifically, Germany failed to conquer Paris in the final 1918 offensive, in large part due to the presence of American troops.  Germany's economy was bankrupt and teetering, its reserves of manpower exhausted, and it was forced to sue for peace.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 15, 2010 at 9:07 AM (Answer #2)

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Basically, the Allies won the war by holding on long enough for the US to enter the war.  This is not meant to imply that somehow we were better than them, but the weight of US soliders, coming when the two sides were so equally balanced, tipped the scales to the Allied side.

The Allies managed to stop the German advance at the beginning of the war.  Then they started in on the trench warfare.  By doing this, they held the Germans in check until the US was persuaded to join the war.  This put so many fresh soldiers into the war that it made the difference.

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