GERMANS EXPECT 2 MILLION YANKS TO FIGHT IN NEXT 2 YEARS OF WORLD WAR
Stockholm, Sweden (JFK+50) James O'Donnell Bennett of the Chicago Daily Tribune was informed 100 years ago today, July 3, 1917, that the German general staff was "arranging its program on a basis that the war (would) continue for two years and that two million American troops (would) participate in the conflict during that time."
By the summer of 1918 there were almost 1,000,000 United States troops in France and 10,000 fresh Doughboys were arriving each day. In World War I, the United States mobilized 4,000,000 military personnel.
While the German expectation of 2 million American soldiers in the fight was not far off, they missed the war's length by 8 months. World War One ended with Germany's surrender on November 11, 1918.
"Germans Plan On 2 Years More of World's War, Prepare To Battle 2 Million American Soldiers", by James O'Donnell Bennett, The Chicago Daily Tribune, July 4, 1917.