All of the dead and no one is exactly sure what the war was about:
“The causes of World War I remain controversial. World War I began in the Balkans in late July 1914 and ended in November 1918, leaving 17 million dead and 20 million wounded. Scholars looking at the long-term seek to explain why two rival sets of powers – Germany and Austria-Hungary on the one hand, and Russia, France, and Great Britain on the other – had come into conflict by 1914. They look at such factors as political, territorial and economic conflicts, militarism, a complex web of alliances and alignments, imperialism, the growth of nationalism, and the power vacuum created by the decline of the Ottoman Empire. Other important long-term or structural factors that are often studied include unresolved territorial disputes, the perceived breakdown of the balance of power in Europe, convoluted and fragmented governance, the arms races of the previous decades, and military planning.….” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Causes_of_World_War_I
Recall that the monarchs of the UK, Russia and Germany were all cousins: “Cousins at War By Theo Aronson Last“, 2011-03-10 http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/britain_wwone/cousins_at_war_01.shtml
It looks increasingly plausible that Germany financed Lenin and the Russian Revolution to get Russia out of the war. The Swiss took Lenin’s food, as he left Switzerland and entered Germany on his way back to Russia. US occupation of Haiti in 1915 should be examined in the context of German Imperalism and World War I, but it never is.
The US got into this apparently senseless war late, but many still died:
“The American entry into World War I came in April 1917, after more than two and a half years of efforts by President Woodrow Wilson to keep the United States out of the war. Apart from an Anglophile element urging early support for the British, American public opinion reflected that of the president: the sentiment for neutrality was particularly strong among Irish Americans, German Americans, and Scandinavian Americans, as well as among church leaders and among women in general. On the other hand, even before World War I had broken out, American opinion had been more negative toward Germany than towards any other country in Europe. Over time, especially after reports of atrocities in Belgium in 1914 and following the sinking of the passenger liner RMS Lusitania in 1915, the American citizens increasingly came to see Germany as the aggressor in Europe….” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_entry_into_World_War_I No one reading the above can doubt that choice of immigrants influences the character and policy of the country. In this instance, it was apparently a good thing and saved many lives. But, it might not always so. Immigrants could also lead the country into senseless conflicts.
“The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was a part of the final Allied offensive of World War I. It was one of the attacks that brought an end to the War and was fought from September 26 – November 11, 1918, when the Armistice was signed.
The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the largest operations of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in World War I, with over a million American soldiers participating. It was also the deadliest campaign in American history, resulting in over 26,000 soldiers being killed in action (KIA). Indeed, the number of graves in the American military cemetery at Romagne is far larger than those in the more commonly known site at Omaha Beach in Normandy.
The holdings of the National Archives (NARA) related to the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and surrounding events are extensive. Several units of the Archives hold relevant records in a variety of media. This page identifies many of those records and provides access information, including to records described in the National Archives Catalog…” See more here: https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww1/meuse-argonne.html
See the tiny crosses which are the dead. They died in what was literally a family dispute between the UK and Russia on one hand, and Germany on the other. The Tsar ended up like the soldiers.
“Within the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France, which covers 130.5 acres, rest the largest number of our military dead in Europe, a total of 14,246. Most of those buried here lost their lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I. The immense array of headstones rises in long regular rows upward beyond a wide central pool to the chapel that crowns the ridge. A beautiful bronze screen separates the chapel foyer from the interior, which is decorated with stained-glass windows portraying American unit insignia; behind the altar are flags of the principal Allied nations.
On either side of the chapel are memorial loggias. One panel of the west loggia contains a map of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Inscribed on the remaining panels of both loggias are Tablets of the Missing with 954 names, including those from the U.S. expedition to northern Russia in 1918-1919. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified.
A renovated, 1,600-square-foot center visitor center reopened in November 2016. Through interpretive exhibits that incorporate personal stories, photographs, films, and interactive displays, visitors will gain a better understanding of the critical importance of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive as it fits into the Great War.” https://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/meuse-argonne-american-cemetery
Emphasis our own throughout.