Tag Archives: Première Guerre mondiale

Then and Now: Dannevoux

Intro:  Dannevoux was taken by the 80th Division, AEF, on 26 September.  However, the Signal Corps photographers that were part of the Griffin Group took many pictures of Dannevoux and the surrounding area.  The then and now pictures shown here are just a small, but interesting, subset of those photos.  The Webmaster intends to do another “Then and Now” with additional photos.  However, readers can also view the “then” photos on the website below: http://www.80thdivision.com/Photos-Hazelgrove/Page1.htm For all of photos below, the source of the “then” Continue reading →

La Vie en France #15: Some Thoughts on Diet and Exercise from Across the Pond

The large amount of battlefield remains that can still be seen is one feature that makes the Meuse-Argonne and Verdun battlefields special relative to more manicured battlefields such as the Somme, Ypres and Normandy.  However, in order to take advantage of that fact visitors: 1) need to know where those locations are and 2) need to be in good physical health to explore them.  Point 1, above, can be solved through research and contacts.  Point 2, above, can only be solved through exercise and preparation. Continue reading →

News & Events–Over There: Two Competitions to Encourage Today’s Youth. Get Your Children and Grandchildren Involved!

Finding ways to engage today’s youth in the Great War has been a major topic of historical organizations such as The Western Front Association and The World War One Historical Association.  The two competitions outlined below might just be one way to inspire one’s children or grandchildren to show a bit more interest in the topic:   Competition #1:  Poetry and Art At the Centennial Commemoration of Third Ypres in Zonnebeke the Webmaster met Lady Lucy French, great granddaughter of Sir John French, who is Continue reading →

Then and Now: Bois de Consenvoye and Richene Hill–Part 2

Webmaster’s Note:  This is part to of the “Then and Now” blogpost focusing on Griffin Group photos in the Bois de Consenvoye and on Richêne Hill.  Readers are encourage to view Part 1, which appeared yesterday.  For reader’s convenience, the ABMC Summary of Operations map has been repeated below.         Caption:  Griffin Group Photo A.M. 162.  American Dead.  325.2 – 280.4.  8 January, 1919. Location:  Looking at the above map, the “then” photo was taken along the tree line just East of Continue reading →

Then and Now: Bois de Consenvoye and Richene Hill–Part 1

Webmaster’s notes:  This two-part then and now report will focus on Griffin Group photos in the Bois de Consenvoye and on Richêne Hill–excluding Molleville Ferme.  More details on the Griffin Group photos can be found in this 30 April, 2017 post:  http://meuse-argonne.com/?p=2179.     Readers are also reminded that the offensive East of the Meuse was begun on 8 October, almost two weeks after the main offensive, in order to “neutralize” the enemy artillery that was shelling AEF positions West of the Meuse River.  The Continue reading →

We Forget Today: Hunterdon County WW1 Exhibit at the Red Mill Museum Village, Clinton, NJ

We forget today just what an impact World War I had on the lives of its participants and their families.  This is the opening line for the Webmaster’s “We Forget Today” blogposts.  But the staff at the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, NJ have not forgotten.  In fact, for a small museum with a small exhibition space they’ve put together a wonderfully thorough exhibit outlining Hunterdon County’s role in WW1.  Readers in the area are encouraged to visit it.     What made this Continue reading →

People of the Meuse-Argonne: Lillian Pfluke

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 multi-year research or preservation projects.  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? Lillian Pfluke, US, Founder of American War Memorials Overseas.  Also adjunct math professor for the University of Maryland.   2)  Which Continue reading →

Then and Now: Observation Balloon on Road Between Bantheville and Remonville

    Caption:  Road Between Bantheville and Rémonville, November 1918.   Location:  The bend in the road where the D12 and D15 intersect.  Looking south.  This ground was taken during the November 1 advance; and it is right at the divisional boundary between the 89th and 90th Divisions, AEF.   Source of Then Photo:  American Armies and Battlefields in Europe.  Page 279.   Source of Not Photo:  Webmaster, with the help of Sjoerd van der Ven.      

La Vie en France #14: Taking Stock of the First two Months–Part 2

Continuing from the last post…   Re-connecting with Old Friends…     Making New Friends…     Getting out of one’s Comfort Zone… Trying new restaurants, like L’authentique Bar Resto in Azannes and La Sicilia in Doulcon Learning to drive to Stenay for shopping (12km) rather than Verdun (32 km.) Researching and visiting NEW portions of the battlefield for clients Finding other local “treasures” such as the 11th Century church at Mont-devant-Sassey and the Citadelle de Montmédy Learning to Skype (for a 53-year old man) Continue reading →

La Vie en France #13: Taking Stock of the First two Months–Part 1

The Webmaster finds it hard to believe that he has been in France for 60 days already.  That’s effectively one-third of his “sabbatical” over here.  Time to take stock of his experience to date: Battlefield Tours Randal has led five battlefield tours for a total of 24 days; or 40% of the days he has lived in France.  Overall, he has enjoyed bringing Americans closer to the battlefields of WW1.  Here are a few excerpts from participants:   “I would not be here if it Continue reading →