Operations of Battery A, 7th Field Artillery, in the Aisne-Marne Offensive, July 18-25, 1918

This monograph deals with the detailed operations of a single battery of light artillery in the great counter offensive of July 18, 1918. There are no works of general historical interest bearing directly on the case, and few contemporary records or documents are available. Most of the material used has been obtained by personal conference,…

Operations of the 23rd Infantry in the Soissons Offensive, July 16-25, 1918

General Pershing states that “The place of honor in the thrust toward Soissons was given to the 1st and 2d Divisions along with the chosen French division.” The 23rd infantry occupied a place of honor in the 2d Division as one of the assault regiments. In the World War, with its countless battles and millions…

Operations of the 3rd Platoon, Company I, 4th Infantry, 3rd Division, in the Champagne-Marne Defensive and Aisne Marne Offensive, July 5-24, 1918

The 3rd Platoon of Company “I” 4th Infantry on July 5, 1918, was composed of all men who had voluntarily enlisted; some just after war had been declared and other who had been in the service for from one to three enlistments. The platoon leader had been commissioned from the first training camp with practically…

Operations of Company M, 23rd Infantry, 2nd Division, in the attack on Vaux, July 1-2, 1918

Note- In the preparation of this monograph there was also used data contained in a personal communication, recently received, from the officer who commanded Company M 23rd Infantry on July 1, 1918. Likewise, considerable use was made of papers, maps, airplane photographs, etc., in the personal files of the author. Where statement of fact is…

Zeppelins

Zeppelins were a type of rigid airship used during World War I by the Germans as both reconnaissance vessels and for air raids. Named after the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the air ships were developed in the late 19th century. The ships were able to achieve 20 mph at top speed, and could fly…

Lafayette Escadrille – Planes

During the course of World War 1, five generations of fighter planes appeared, from 1914-1918. Bombers also were in use. The Lafayette Escadrille pilots called the early bombers “baby carriages” because of their boxy, bulky appearance and their pilots were called “truck drivers.” In the early days, the bomb would be dropped by hand as the bomber…