Rhineland and interment of the German fleet ( Britain had graciously accommodated it at Scapa Flow when no neutral country would harbor it), House threw away important bargaining chips. 34
By the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, when the Armistice went into effect, there were over two million American soldiers in France. The AEF was larger than the British expedition in France. If the war had persisted and the American reinforcement continued as planned, there would have been more Americans in French trenches than Frenchmen fighting for France. 35 Although U.S. forces won no single outstanding victory, the AEF's timely arrival prevented German victory. German ambitions, while not as quite as grandiose as Wilson suspected, were checked by the combined might of the Allied and Associated Powers. As he demanded, Germany reformed its government after the kaiser fled into exile in the Netherlands. The territorial adjustments that the Allies desired were not secured by American arms; they would have to wait until the peace conference, where U.S. financial and military power should predominate. Just about everything that force of arms, finance, and industry could accomplish for Wilson's international agenda in wartime had been achieved. It remained up to the peacemaking process to see if his highest hopes for mankind could be realized.