By Edward G. Lengel
A spouse to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign explores the one biggest and bloodiest conflict in American army background, together with its many controversies, in historiographical essays that replicate the present nation of the field.
- Presents unique essays at the French and German participation in ‒ and views on ‒ this significant event
- Makes use of unique archival study from the U.S., France, and Germany
- Contributors contain WWI students from France, Germany, the us, and the United Kingdom
- Essays research the army, social, and political effects of the Meuse-Argonne and issues the way in which for destiny scholarship during this area
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All of the divisional, corps, and army artillery was in place with at least a four-day supply of ammunition. ” He went on to state that the fact “that it was carried out in the brief period available without arousing the suspicions of the enemy indicates the precision and smoothness with which it was calculated and accomplished” (Pershing 1931, 2:285). Conclusion The planning and preparation for the AEF’s offensive in the MeuseArgonne was a remarkable undertaking. It was the largest operation and movement of troops in American military history and was largely managed by a staff that had been in existence for roughly a month.
The first, lightly manned, mirrored the American attack front. The second line, stretching between the towns of Dannevoux to the east and Autry to the west, was anchored in the center by the formidable heights of Montfaucon. The third German line, 16 kilometers behind the front line and running Brieulles–Romagne–Grandpré, formed a section of the primary German defensive position on the Western Front, the Kriemhilde Stellung (a key section of the Hindenburg Line). Within this entire zone were lines of barbed wire, mutually supportive machine-gun emplacements, and infantry strong points, all supported by artillery to the rear and on the eastern and western heights.
Frank Barber, an engineering officer, recalled that “No one in the enlisted ranks dreamed that the division, without previous blooding, was to be one of the center divisions in the opening phase of the final drive of the World War. If the men heard rumors that they were destined to take Montfaucon, they laughed at them. , 69). As unlikely as the task may have seemed, the inexperienced troops of the 79th were ordered to attack the “Little Gibraltar of the Western Front,” labeled impregnable by the French who had failed repeatedly to take it.