How Germans Saw Americans After WWI

America has always been an exceptional nation deserving our pride.  But, thanks to pseudo and leftist historians like Howard Zinn, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and many more, generations of our chidren see America as a racist land of greed, nation-building, and oppression of women and minorities.

Until the progressive movement took hold, that was not what most of the world thought of us.

In 1919, following WWI, the Intelligence Section of the American Expeditionary Forces compiled candid comments from Germans about their attitude toward Americans. Statements were excerpted from German soldiers, priests, women, village notables, politicians and statesmen.

While their was some understandable bitterness, our children might do well to hear what these Germans thought of America and Americans.


“I fought in campaigns against the Russian Army, the Serbian Army, the Roumanian Army, the British Army, the French Army, and the American Army. All told in this war I have participated in more than 80 battles. I have found your American Army the most honorable of all our enemies. You have also been the bravest of our enemies and in fact the only ones who have attacked us seriously in this year’s battles. I therefore honor you, and, now that the war is over, I stand ready, for my part, to accept you as a friend.”  —Chief of Staff for General v. Einem, commander of the Third German Army

“Americans are good fighters with nerve and recklessness.” —Arunlf Oster, Lieut. of Reserve

“The prevailing opinion in Germany before our entry into war, was, that American was a money hunting nation, too engrossed in the hunt of the dollar to produce a strong military force. But since our troops have been in action the opinion has changed, and he says that though Germany is at present a defeated nation, he believes that they would be victors in a war with any nation in the world with the exemption of the United States.”  —Karl Finkl of Bolingen

There were only a handful of Americans there but they fought like wildmen.” —Antone Fuhrmann of Mayschoss

“[American] troops lack the snap and precision of the German soldiers but…the cordial relations between the officers and men more than make up for the lack of iron discipline.” —Anton Liersch, Postal Agent in Dernau

“The attitude of the American officer towards enlisted men is very different than in our army in which officers have always treated their men as cattle.” —M. Walter of Minderlittgen

“We were informed that your men were inclined to be rough, and the impression was left with us that we had a very serious time before us…but today, after living 24 hours with them, we have no longer andy apprehension. They are wonderfully mild mannered men and a great contrast to the domineering attitude of our own soldiers. Your troops, not even one, have spoken a single disagreeable word to anyone, and when we offered them wood for cooking and heating purposes they accepted with what seemed to be a certain shyness.” —Statement of the Mayor of Kaschenbacm

“Children have constantly talked of the Americans’ arrival, and pictured them as a band of wild Indians, however, when they troops arrived, we were astonished at their behavior and pleasant attitude toward our people.” –Michael Simon of Neuerburg

“Bolshevism is slowly spreading all over the world. I spoke to a Frenchman a few days ago, who stated that the working men in France demand 25 francs per day. I am glad and thankful we are having American troops occupying our town, otherwise we would have the same trouble as many of the larger cities.” —Translation of a letter from Coblenz

“The American troops show much more consideration for the private rights of the inhabitants of the village than did the German troops.” —Karl Schramem, Landstrumer of Zermullen

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