Hence my belief having seen the argument of Niall Ferguson that the BEF should've staye
The US had only 25000 men under arms in 1914. It is a credit to them that they grew so fast before 1917. They did it with British help. 2 horses were taken from British Horse artillery gun teams in France to give to the US army, and much of their equipment was British, artillery guns in particular. However we were glad of the help.The Boer War damaged the myth of Imperial invincibility and we resorted to less-than-civilised methods to subdue the Boers. We simply could not compete with an emerging United States.