The Battle of the Aisne III: The Americans Fight

This is not really a sequel, it’s the 3D release.

Today in 1918, about 4,000 soldiers from the 1st Division — the Big Red One — are continuing to fight off German counter-attacks in the village of Cantigny, 75 miles east of Paris. They attacked yesterday, backed by French tanks, and had taken the town by afternoon. Now they have to hold on. Victory will be declared tormorrow.

Little Cantigny sat on a bit of high ground — always useful — but it was important mostly because it showed that the Doughboys really could fight.The 1st Division lost more than 1,600 men in the battle.

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Cantigny after the battle.

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