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Good evening, Christopher Marlowe
wolfguard - I hadn't heard the phrase "turnip winter". *wince* I feel for their conditions. My one exposure to *blech* turnips was around 50 years ago when I was immured in a convent school waiting for a position to open up in the American School in London. Bashed neaps were a favorite required vegetable at lunches. *blech* A steady diet of that would be painful indeed. My brother claims that he actually liked them, but then he liked pub-style bashed cabbage, which I thought tasted like it had been cooked in dishwater. *g*
I doubt the allies were living lavishly, given the need to supply the large armies, but they weren't as desperate as Britain was in WWII. Part of France was still available for agriculture, and Britain wasn't facing serious air raids. I believe that Britannia still ruled most of the waves in WWI as well, so that there could still be extensive trading. But I never read that morale was very high on the Allied side. Trench warfare, disease, being surrounded by death, enduring the shellings, and gas warfare had the troops in a pretty bad way.
The first troops of the AEF arrived in Europe in summer of 1917, but as far as I can google, they took no part in serious operations as an American-led military body until late May 2018. They spent the time in between desperately trying to train the troops. While I've never made extensive study of WWI, I don't believe that Pershing was generally portrayed as a God of War, armed with lightning bolts of brilliance. What he did do was prevent Foche from splitting the American forces up and tossing them in small groups into the trenches as replacements, which would have destroyed them. The battles in which the Americans were eventually engaged were not the typical (up 'til then) going over the top type of battle in which both sides were mowed down by machine guns, but involved moving around the countryside.
The Germans may have been in desperate shape, but not so desperate that they couldn't inflict pretty staggering casualties on the AEF. Not as staggering as were suffered by the British and Europeans, but still pretty heavy. The change in the type of warfare at least kept everyone from maintaining the status quo that had held until then. And yes, the numbers of men and the amount of supplies did make an enormous difference.
Luke and Obi Wan went to Alderaan because holographic Leia told them to deliver R2D2 and his information to her father there, so that he could send it on to the Rebels. Unfortunately, the general decided to make Alderaan an example of the Death Star's power because he was annoyed with Leia's obstinance.
Luke wasn't an amateur. Well, he was an untrained volunteer, but he was the basis for the rebuilding of the Jedi, and Obi Wan was well aware of it. That's why he very much wanted Luke along for the ride. You know, he had that "special" quality. *g*