Although the costs and strain that World War I placed on the countries involved in
it were unimaginable, the peace treaty Germany was forced to sign was neither fair nor
just. Millions upon millions of men lost their lives or were wounded and women and
children suffered from not having and positive male influence and being forced into manual
labor on the homefront. The cost alone to the United States was $27,729,000,000 and the
Americans killed numbered 53,407. Illness and other causes brought the total number of
deaths to about 126,000. There were 204,002 wounded which were not fatal. When
Allied leaders decided that it was time to end everything, they made the right decision.
After rapid troop deployment by the United States and the successful Allied counterattack,
Germany was on the run. Eventually, they surrendered and were forced into a peace
agreement. The leaders of the major allied powers, Clemenceau of France, Geroge of
Great Britain, Orlando of Italy, and Wilson of the United States, were supposed to draw
up a document for long lasting peace based on Wilson's Fourteen Points, but the other
leaders were vengeful.
They wanted Germany to pay in a big way for their losses and
costs incurred. Instead of choosing to aim for long lasting peace by basing their treaty on
the Fourteen Points, Clemenceau, George, and Orlando drew up a treaty that would cause
Germany to go into a nation-wide depression and suffer for a whole generation. This
treaty became known as the Treaty of Versailles.
In looking at the treaty, one would think that the writers were completely biased
against Germany... and they would be right. Because France, Great Britain, and Italy
were the three main countries involved in the creation of the Traety of Versailles, they