Which of the WWI Allies made the biggest contribution to victory?

notgivenaway

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WWII was certainly a mix (American industrial capacity, British intelligence/code-breaking, Soviet manpower), but then was this true of WWI?

The French had more troops overall on the Western Front, but then the British introduced tanks and made better gas than the Germans. Though the French had better planes.
 

Menshevik

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I'd say the French.

Without their contribution, I don't see how the war could be won against the Central Powers.
 

martin76

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Care to elaborate?
It was an economic, political, moral especially .. but not military. When War finished...Germany and Austria-Hungary were free from invasion.. Any Capital was taken by any enemy...nor Sofia, nor Constantinopla, nor Berlin nor Wien nor Budapest...
It was a moral defeated.. Germany had more soldiers on November 11th, 1918 than on August 1st, 1914...Austria controlled more land on November 1st, 1918 than on July 28th, 1914...It wasn´t a military defeat as 1945.
 

pugsville

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It was an economic, political, moral especially .. but not military. When War finished...Germany and Austria-Hungary were free from invasion.. Any Capital was taken by any enemy...nor Sofia, nor Constantinopla, nor Berlin nor Wien nor Budapest...
It was a moral defeated.. Germany had more soldiers on November 11th, 1918 than on August 1st, 1914...Austria controlled more land on November 1st, 1918 than on July 28th, 1914...It wasn´t a military defeat as 1945.
They were beaten, the sued for peace under humiliating terms. The requirements for the armstice were little short of unconditional surrender, they had togo up everything that made any even feeble attempt to resume the war impossible, the peace imposed after the war was dictated to them.

The german high command told the civilian leadership go make peace, on whatever terms continued resistance was impossible.


It;s also not true the German army was larger in 1918 than in 1914.
 

martin76

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They were beaten, the sued for peace under humiliating terms. The requirements for the armstice were little short of unconditional surrender, they had togo up everything that made any even feeble attempt to resume the war impossible, the peace imposed after the war was dictated to them.

The german high command told the civilian leadership go make peace, on whatever terms continued resistance was impossible.


It;s also not true the German army was larger in 1918 than in 1914.
All what you said it is product of an economic-political-moral defeat. What great german, austriahungarian, bulgarian, turkish city was conquered by allied? Central took Brussels, Beograd, Warswaw, Bucarest, Lille, Antwerpen etc etc...Did British take Berlin? Budapest? Maybe the French took Strasbourg...München, Constantinople? Can you write here the day the Australian took Posen and Frankfurt? Praha?

About army:

In 1918, German Army had around 7.000.000 men, including recruits training in Germany and the Jugendwehr.

July 1914: 669 Infantry Bons, 550 Cavalry Squadrons, 642 field batteries, 400 Foot batteries, 150 Pioneers Co.
January 1918: 2.300 Infantry Bons, 570 Cavalry Squadrons, 2.900 field batteries, 2.250 Foot Batteries and 650 Pioneers Co.
s.
 

pugsville

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All what you said it is product of an economic-political-moral defeat. What great german, austriahungarian, bulgarian, turkish city was conquered by allied? Central took Brussels, Beograd, Warswaw, Bucarest, Lille, Antwerpen etc etc...Did British take Berlin? Budapest? Maybe the French took Strasbourg...München, Constantinople? Can you write here the day the Australian took Posen and Frankfurt? Praha?

About army:

In 1918, German Army had around 7.000.000 men, including recruits training in Germany and the Jugendwehr.

July 1914: 669 Infantry Bons, 550 Cavalry Squadrons, 642 field batteries, 400 Foot batteries, 150 Pioneers Co.
January 1918: 2.300 Infantry Bons, 570 Cavalry Squadrons, 2.900 field batteries, 2.250 Foot Batteries and 650 Pioneers Co.
s.
In Industrial war economic factors matter.

Taking cities and land area is hardly relevant, Germany was beaten in ww2 long before Allied forces entered Germany, same with japan.

They were beaten and they knew, the german high command said further resistance was not possible.

Source for 7 million. ?

July. the peace time establishment.

On mobilisation was 4.5 million ,11 million mobilised through the war, 6 million killed and wounded.

the infantry manpower in a divison was downgraded several times in the war comparing number of units is misleading.

e.g. the infantry platoon had more or less halved in size.
http://www.worldwar1.com/sfgermreorg.htm
"In 1914, 81 men made up a typical rifle platoon, divided up into 9 squads. By 1918, a platoon was made up of 45 men, divided into 4 squads."
 
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