Operations of the 108th Infantry, 27th Division (U.S.), in the British offensive towards Maubeuge, Sept. 27-30, 1918

The allied plans for the last week in September, 1918, included an American attack in the Meuse-Argonne sector, a French attack in Champagne, a Belgian and allied force advance in Flanders, and a British offensive along the Somme in the direction of Maubeuge. These attacks were to be synchronized, for obvious reasons. It is with the British…

Operations of the Western Detachment, 1st Brigade, Tank Corps (US), September 26-October 11, 1918

In order that the operations of the Western Detachment, 304th Brigade, Tank Corps, may be intelligently discussed, it will be necessary to go back to the organization of the unit and deal with the history of its elements, and discuss briefly their struggle for a place in the sun, – that is, the privilege of…

Operations of the Supply Section, 3rd Battalion, 58th Infantry, 4th Division, in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, September 26- October 6, 1918

At dawn September 26, 1918, the final conflict of “The War to end Wars” was launched. This offensive was a challenge to the service of supply. One of the outstanding questions in the minds of the higher allied commanders was, “Can the service of supply be maintained.” (more) CPT Benjamin B. Bain

Meuse-Argonne Offensive, 1st Phase, 26 September – 3 October, 1918, General Operations (Attack of Defensive Zone)

The Meuse-Argonne Offensive opened on the morning of September 26th with force and enthusiasm characteristic of the American troops. The various troops were finally assembled in the new sector and distributed in their position. In spite of the shortage of transportation during the move all units had arrived intact except for some artillery. The secrecy…

Harlem Hellfighters: Caricatures of the “Enemy”

The Black men of the 369th Regiment were known in World War I by many names: the 15th New York Army National Guard at its formation in 1916, the 369th Infantry Regiment to the United States War Department when it was assigned to the French Army in 1918, and the Black Rattlers for the rattlesnake…