The American Expeditionary Force, sent to Siberia in 1918, conducted operations other than war. The rationale for sending the American Expeditionary Force to Siberia was vague, but Wilson’s instructions were to be as neutral as possible. The AEF’s objectives were relatively ambiguous and therefore the chances for success were minimal. Nevertheless, the AEF proved to be surprisingly adept at the diplomacy required to maintain neutrality. The commanders of the AEF demonstrated the tact and skill necessary to prevent dangerous situations from escalating out of control. The success of the AEF offers a unique opportunity to learn what ground forces can accomplish without actively engaging in war. The overall failure of the intervention also shows the importance of detailed objectives and exit strategy prior to the start of any military operations.
|School:||The George Washington University|
|School Location:||United States -- District of Columbia|
|Source:||MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||American history, Military history, Russian history|
|Keywords:||Aef, Intervention, Siberia, Wilson|
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