Was there a realistic way for Germany to quickly lose WWI?

pugsville

Ad Honorem
Oct 2010
8,497
#31
Believe it or not, yes they could have fucked it up. There was a mock mobilization a few years before the US entered the war, and it was a disaster. The poor performance of the US Army in the exercise was a factor in German planning for unrestricted submarine warfare: the US was bad at mobilizing, and thus wouldn't be a factor until 1919 (so they thought).
Teh mobilzatiomnin 1917-1918 was absolutely piss poor historically, and the AEF were a fairly small actor in 1918 and woudl have been a major fatcor in 1919 so is the German estimation that far wrong?
 
May 2018
589
Michigan
#32
Teh mobilzatiomnin 1917-1918 was absolutely piss poor historically, and the AEF were a fairly small actor in 1918 and woudl have been a major fatcor in 1919 so is the German estimation that far wrong?
The 1919 figure is not wrong, although the source is from Indy Neidell's "The Great War" series. It was believed by German planners at the General Staff that the US couldn't make a decisive difference in the war until 1919.
 
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