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American Expeditionary Force

major formation of the United States Army in the Western Front of World War I
AEF roundel (aircraft emblem) used only in Europe

The American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) were the United States Armed Forces sent to Europe under the command of General John J. Pershing in 1917 to help fight World War I.[1] At first the AEF fought in France alongside French and British allied forces. The war started in August 1914 and the AEF arrived in April 1917, the last year of the war.[2] They were fighting against the German Empire. At first the AEF fought in support of the French and British units which had been fighting since the start of the war.[3] In September 1918 the AEF launched its first major offensive as an independent army.[3]

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  1. "American Expeditionary Force". U-S-History.com. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  2. "American Expeditionary Force in World War I". American Aviators of WW I. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "American Forces under General Pershing Launched First Major Offensive in WWI September 12, 1918". America's Story. The Library of Congress. Retrieved 13 November 2016.