Originally Posted by Mandor_TFL
The naval aspect of the war is very fascinating, Castles of Steel by RObert Massie is a great read. The effects of the British blockade and the German reaction to it had more to do with affecting the course of the war than anything else. Had the British blockade not been so effective, Germany would have never forced America into the war which would have most likely lead to the fall of France in 1918. Russia's collapse came 3 months too late to affect German policy, instead the die was cast to use submarines to break Britain. Had Russian collapsed in the fall of 1916, Germany would been less likely to risk war with America.
I believe your point implies that america saved France - i believe this is incorrect. The spring offensive was stopped before american's got there. They participated in the third battle aisne late into it, with the famous battle of belleau woods. The war would have lasted longer, but im quite certain the brits and french would have done it.
However, if the british blockade hadn't work, the germans would have access to more ressources and more food - now the german's could have won it. Im not trying to be anti-american, but the spring offensive was mostly stopped before the american's were there, and after the spring offensive, it was over for germany. All they could do is delay the end.
The american's speeded the process by a year at least, and another year of warfare into on the west front during 1919-1920 would have completely crushed german and french demographics.
I think the battle of tannenberg is quite interesting, because it really is one of the rare occasion where the german's won it with strategics. Max Hoffmann who planned the whole thing(genius behind the victory), knew about how russian generals just kept arguing each other, and just went for a divide and conquer style attack. Tannenberg is just a combination of things going right for german, and russian's being absolutely terrible at it.