On the Meuse-Argonne battlefield

The Allies, including the Americans, attacked on the Meuse-Argonne in France on Sept. 26, 1918, and fought on there till the end of the war.

One of the most famous incidents of the battle was the losing of the Lost Battalion (not a battalion and not lost, as Clive Harris, Battle Honours guide, likes to shout).

Here’s a good link about that aspect of the battle.

http://www.homeofheroes.com/wings/part1/3_lostbattalion.html

And here’s the memorial:

Lost Battalion

(OK, this is a serious story of perseverance, etc., but isn’t it amusing that there’s a memorial to the Lost Battalion marked with an arrow?)

Here is the monument to honor the American capture of the high ground at Montfaucon, about six miles from the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery. The monument has 264 steps up to a 360-degree observation platform.

Montfaucon memorial

The memorial towers over the ruins of the church — all that is left of the village.

Ruins at Montfaucon

Welcome to Hartmannswillerkopf

Hartsmann_20 Hartsmann_14 Hartsmann_16 Hartsmann_15 Hartsmann_24 Hartsmann_25 Hartsmann_26 Hartmanns_cross1 Hartsmann_28Like Le Linge, Hartmannswillerkopf is high ground that the Germans held and the French attacked right under their noses — and under their guns. But the Germans had another advantage besides position:

Logistics.

German supplies were less than 5K away, French more than 20.

The fighting here was intense from the start of the war into 1915, when each side realized the other wasn’t going anywhere and the real action was elsewhere. The French launched major offensives at Artois and Champagne

Hew Strachan at the National WWI Museum

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is proud to host Great War scholar Hew Strachan on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

Strachan, who is Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University, Director of the Oxford Programme on the Changing Character of War, and a Fellow of All Souls College, will present a special lecture entitled, “The First World War: Commemoration or Celebration?”

“We are thrilled to welcome such a renowned expert to America’s only World War I museum,” says Interim Museum President & CEO Dr. Mary Davidson Cohen. “As the centennial of the Great War quickly approaches, it is increasingly important that we explore what it means to observe the anniversary of a global event whose effects are still felt today.”

The free lecture, made possible with funding support from Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., will take place in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. No reservation is necessary. Strachan will be available to sign books after the lecture, and copies of his work will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

 

About Hew Strachan

Strachan’s research focuses on military history from the 18th century to date, including contemporary strategic studies, but with particular interest in the First World War and in the history of the British Army.  He is the author of several highly acclaimed books on military history, including European Armies and the Conduct of War (1983), The Politics of the British Army (1997), and The First World War: Volume 1: To Arms (2001).  His multi-part documentary series for television formed the basis for The First World War: a New Illustrated History (2003), and Clausewitz’s On War: A Biography (2007).

Three officers of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (West Riding) are sitting around a table. The table is laid with a vase of flowers, plates and mugs, but there is no food visible. The bottle appears to be labelled, ‘Dark Port.’ This photograph, which is attributed to John Warwick Brooke, shows the easier conditions often enjoyed by the officers.
The collar badges of the regiment show small elephants to commemorate the regiment’s earlier service in India.
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