How 'hyphenated Americans' won the war

Germany thought wrongly that a multi-ethnic force would fall apart easily in World War I

A hundred years ago this week, on a bend of the Meuse River in northern France, General John Pershing launched the final major Allied offensive against Germany, an assault that would bring an end to World War I two months later.

Without American intervention, the war would have probably ended in a German victory, or sputtered to a stalemate, leaving the Germans in possession of much of France, Belgium and Russia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2018, with the headline 'How 'hyphenated Americans' won the war'. Print Edition | Subscribe