Make 2019 your year to visit the American battlefields of WW1!
In 2017-18 Tour Guide and Webmaster Randal Gaulke lived in France for eight months; pursuing his passion of being a freelance tour guide for the American (and other) battlefields of WW1. This has greatly enhanced: 1) his knowledge of the battlefields, 2) his knowledge of the region and French culture and 3) his philosophy that pilgrims should get out into the field as much as physically possible.
On this website readers will find information on: 1) tours, services and products Randal is offering, 2) feedback from prior tour participants, 3) links and bibliographies that will help plan a pilgrimage and 4) information on the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and stories of participants.
The blog section has many categories, including: La Vie en France (cultural tips), Travel Tips, People of the Meuse-Argonne, and the very popular Then and Now.
So...explore this website and begin planning your trip today.
About the Offensive
The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the largest independent American offensive against the Imperial Germany Army during WW1. It began on 26 September, 1918, less than two weeks after the St. Mihiel Offensive ended. The initial assault involved nine AEF divisions—including four green divisions—on approximately a 30-kilometer-wide front. By war end the battle involved portions of 23 American divisions and 1.2 million U.S. troops (not counting French units); and it produced an estimated 110,000 casualties, or more than 2,300 casualties per day. On the other side, the Imperial German Army fought tenaciously well into mid-October; even as signs of defeat continued to accelerate. This website is dedicated to presenting both sides of the battle.
Special thanks to Dave Gaddis and Graham Gaulke for the 2017-18 battlefield tour photos.