Bridging cultures and meeting new and fascinating people are two of the side-benefits of travelling the battlefields–even 100 years after the end of the war. The Webmaster has met so many people during his years of visits to the Meuse-Argonne that it would be hard to count them all. In one way or another, many of these people have enriched his understanding of this period of history, the local region, and French culture. Some of these have developed into decades-long friendships.
Since re-starting this website in 2014, he has tried to introduce readers to many of these people too. Thus, in about five years the “People of the Meuse-Argonne” category in the blog section of the website has introduced readers to 27 people–14 Americans and 13 Europeans–including:
John Schooley, American who cycled the route of his grandfather
Lee S. Anthony, Ph.D., American historian of the 80th Division AEF
John Cleaveland, American photorealism painter who has painted the battlefields
Mike Cunha, American creator of WW1 history podcasts
Dominique Lacorde, French local historian always willing to help Americans
Quentin Pasquis, French reenactor and historian
Yann Castlenot, French-Canadian who researches Native Americans
Manon Bart, French employee with the ABMC
Jean-Paul de Vries, Dutch owner of world-famous Romagne ’14-’18 Museum
Sjoerd van der Ven, Dutch reenactor and historian
Lillian Pfluke, American living in Europe and founder of American War Memorials Overseas
Alain Cesarini, French historian who is very active in le Souvenir Français
Brian Grogan, American photographer of the battlefields
Maarten and Didi Otte, Dutch owners of Nantillois ’14-’18 B&B and Museum in Nantillois
Marc and Elfi Calluy, Belgian owners of Le Coq d’OR B&B and Bar in Montfaucon
Connie Ruzich, American blog writer regarding WW1 poetry
Mark D. Van Ells, American historian and author of “America and WW1: A Traveller’s Guide”
Jan and Lenie Mulder, Dutch owners of Arara B&B in Montfaucon
Stefan Schweitzer, German historian and publisher of https://www.morthomme.com
Robert J. Laplander, American historian on the Lost Battalion
Ed Klekowski, American historian and author who visits the Meuse-Argonne frequently
Michael Grams, Tour lecturer and host at Normandy Battlefield Tours who grew up in France
Christina Holstein, U.K. historian and battlefield tour guide best know for her Verdun battlefield guides
Mike Hanlon, American publisher and was guide for Valor Tours until recently
Stephen Skinner, American authority on Lt. Frank Luke
Wim Degrande, Belgian author and historian who visits the Meuse-Argonne frequently
Randy Gaulke, American webmaster and battlefield tour guide
Readers should not fear, the Webmaster has additional people in mind for future “People of the Meuse-Argonne” articles. However, he also invites readers to email him with the names of people that they would like to see written up.
Of course, joining the Meuse-Argonne.com Facebook group is another good way to meet people who actively research and visit the Meuse-Argonne.
One final note: As with all categories in the “blog” portion of the website, the best way to see all the articles relating to a certain category is to click on the desired category on the right hand side of the screen.