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Old July 13th, 2017, 08:00 PM   #1
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American soldiers dead in world war one

Hello.Today,the 14th july 2017, France and USA commémorâte together the sacrifice of the american soldiers dead for the liberty in Europe.But can we know with précisions:
-the number of KIA,
-the number of dead soldiers after being wounded,
-the number of victims of intoxications and diseases
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Old July 13th, 2017, 08:47 PM   #2

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I'm a bit confused as to the significance of Bastille Day and the American involvement in WW1. The first US troops arrived in France on 26th June 1917, just 14,000 of them. Selected groups were attached to British and French units in October and a US soldier first fired a gun in the combat zone (Corporal Robert Bralet of the Sixth Artillery was allowed to pull the lanyard on a French 75mm gun for the benefit of a newspaper reporter) and US troops did not engage in offensive operations until June 1918.

As for US casualties--there were 53,402 killed in action, 63,114 deaths from disease and other causes, and about 205,000 wounded. How many died from drinking too much or the French Pox is probably available somewhere.

Some 2,000 purported US citizens died in British service as volunteers in WW1, many of course being recent expatriates--presumably, some also served with other combatant nations.
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Old July 13th, 2017, 09:58 PM   #3
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I though most of the deaths due to sickness were the influezena epedemic
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Old July 14th, 2017, 02:43 AM   #4
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I think there were a lot of deaths even before that. The mortality was high in the training camps where loads of country boys caught diseases to which they'd never previously been exposed, and so had little or no resistance.

Iirc it was much the same story in the Civil War. Bruce Catton observed that when one looked at the number of deaths in ones own side's training camps, the mortality in PoW camps should have been no great surprise.
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Old July 17th, 2017, 02:25 AM   #5

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Not sure it was about the 'liberty of Europe' - that's more WWII.
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