In the words of the 151ème Régiment d’Infanterie de Ligne (WW1 French Reenacting): Courage Paris et France! Know that on this dark night and others to come, we Americans are with you!     My condolences to the victims and their families. Mes condoléances aux victimes et à leurs familles.  

Then and Now: American Cemetery & Camp Romagne, Part 2

Following publication of American Cemetery & Camp Romagne, Facebook Group member Therry Schwartz provided these additional photos and details regarding the construction of the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.  Thanks very much Therry!     Here is the evolution of the cemetery at Romagne. It might be somewhat simplistic but only a full length book would do it the justice it deserves.  The first photo is a typical battlefield cemetery.  The men are buried where they fell.  In this Signal Corps photo members of the GRS are Continue reading →

Books and Movies: African American Doctors of World War I: The Lives of 104 Volunteers

This is not so much a book review as it is a pre-publication notice. Authors W. Douglas Fisher and Joann H. Buckley have spent the last five years researching and writing about the lives of the African American doctors of World War 1.  The project developed out of Mr. Fisher’s letters from his grandfather, who was a Captain commanding the Supply Train of the 92nd Division, AEF. Most of the doctors were part of the 92nd Division; whose 368th Infantry Regiment fought with the French units on the west Continue reading →

Survey: Where do you plan to be / want to be the morning of Sept. 26, 2018?

Today is September 26, 2015–the 100th anniversary of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive is just three years away.  Do you want to / plan to be there?  If so, where will you be at 0530 on Sept. 26, 2018?  Why that location?   Heute ist der 26. Sept. 2015.  Das 100-jährige Jubiläum der Maas-Argonnen Offensive liegt nur drei Jahre in der Zukunft.  Möchten Sie dabei sein?  Werden Sie dabei sein?  Wenn ja, wo werden Sie um 5.30 Uhr am 26.09.2018 sein?  Warum dort?   Aujourd’hui est le Continue reading →

New Feature Article Added: A Meuse-Argonne Tour and Driver’s Guide

In 2007 the webmaster was offered the opportunity to lead the second half (six days) of the Western Front Association’s U.S. Branch Tour; which included four days in the Meuse-Argonne, participation in the Memorial Day Celebration at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, and two days in the St. Mihiel Salient. The author prepared a Study Guide and Driving Directions for that tour; and they have been added to the website under the Features/Articles section. Broadly speaking, the tour was organized to give one or two days Continue reading →

WW1 in USPS Stamps: The Role of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee

Do readers want to see a series of USPS stamps commemorating America’s involvement in the war in 1917-18?  Let your voices be heard.   On its recent weekly call, the World War One Centennial Commission is encouraging all interested to WRITE VIA SNAIL MAIL a letter to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee encouraging them to produce a series of stamps commemorating America’s involvement in the war.  Readers can include suggestions of stamps they might like to see:  Major leaders, heroes, major battles, etc. It is Continue reading →

Then and Now: German Pionierlager (Engineer’s Camp) Varennes-en-Argonne

Caption:  Situated two to three kilometers behind the lines, the relatively good-size town of Varennes-en-Argonne was used by the occupying Germans for several purposes–including an engineer’s camp situated on the D-38a, west of Varennes.  (The Narrow Gauge Railroad Station in the previous Then and Now post was part of the camp.  As usual, the Germans took full advantage of the steep slopes of the hill as well as the fairly protected level ground just below the hill.  The map also shows the web of German narrow gauge tracks Continue reading →

In Memoriam: Stephen Matthews

The webmaster lost a dear friend and battlefield enthusiast to Alzheimer’s:  Stephen Matthews of Doylestown, PA passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 at the age of 82.  Stephen was an active member of the Western Front Association; taking part in meetings and in battlefield tours.  He served as Tours Officer of the U.S. and East Coast Branches for several years; keeping members informed of travel opportunities.  He and the webmaster also worked with Tony and Teddy Noyes of Flanders Tours to plan the first Continue reading →