News & Events: The Annual Bourse Militaria at Les Islettes

The author heard about this militaria show a few years ago, but he was first able to attend it this year.  It really is a remarkable show, with militaria from a wide range of time periods.  Attendance was easily several hundred people, from many countries in Europe.  Sellers and buyers came from France, Germany, the Netherlands and who knows where else. The author’s favorite purchase:  A porcellan plate “In Grosser Zeit.  Weltkrieg 1914-15.”  The author’s greatest regret:  Not purchasing a map showing the front lines Continue reading →

Travel Tips: What can one see of the Meuse-Argonne Battlefield Today?

In recent conversations, acquaintances who have some interest in history and/or a relative who fought in the war have asked this question. On the surface, it was asked innocently enough. They had no idea what they could expect to see on the battlefield. So here’s a list of some of the easily-visible sites in the Meuse-Argonne:   Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon Montfaucon American Monument Destroyed Village of Montfaucon Vauquois Hill and Destroyed Village of Vauquois Lost Batallion Site, near Binarville Sgt. York Sites, near Chatel Chéhéry Continue reading →

People of the Meuse-Argonne: Stephen Skinner

Even today French locals , other Europeans and Americans find themselves drawn to the Meuse-Argonne region of France. Once drawn there, many return time and again; often working on a multi-year research or preservation project. In this irregular interview series, the webmaster hopes to introduce readers to some of these individuals and their labors of love.   1) What are your name, nationality and occupation? Stephen Skinner, USA. I’m a journalist by trade.   2) Which languages do you speak, and how fluently do you Continue reading →

People of the Meuse-Argonne: Wim Degrande

Even today French locals , other Europeans and Americans find themselves drawn to the Meuse-Argonne region of France. Once drawn there, many return time and again; often working on a multi-year research or preservation project. In this irregular interview series, the webmaster hopes to introduce readers to some of these individuals and their labors of love. Continue reading →

News & Events – Over There: Tour de France, Stage 7, in video

The 2014 Tour de France has moved past the Meuse-Argonne and St. Mihiel Sectors, and is now in the Vosges Mountains.  In case readers missed it (like the webmaster did due to a medical emergency for his dog), a quick glimpse of the area can be seen on this link: http://www.letour.com/le-tour/2014/us/stage-7.html.  In the video’s 34 seconds readers get a quick glimpse of Vauquois Hill, the Ossuaire of Douaumont, the American St. Mihiel Memorial at Montsec and Fort Douaumont.