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Siam in World War One

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Thailand formally known as Siam declared war on the Central Powers on July 22nd 1917 mainly to gain favours from Great Britain and France.

Siam's token participation in World War I secured it a seat at the Versailles Peace Conference, and Foreign Minister Devawongse used this opportunity to argue for the repeal of the 19th century treaties and the restoration of full Siamese sovereignty.

The United States agreed in 1920, while France and Britain did not agree until 5 years later until 1925

The Siam Monarch Rama VI also saw the chance to gain full sovereignty and sent over 1200 soldiers to the western front to join French and British Troops.

The Siamese soldiers were the only Southeast Asians involved in the First World War apart from the 140,000 Vietnamese soldiers that were drafted in by the French.