General “Black Jack” Pershing was born 155 years ago today: Sept. 13, 1860. Perhaps one of his greatest birthday presents, was the early victory of the American First Army in the St. Mihiel Salient in mid Sept. 1918 on his 58th birthday–97 years ago today. Continue reading →
Caption: The German postcard above shows the D964 in Sivry renamed Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straße (Street), with the building on the right turned into a field hospital. Today, that building is the Mairie (town hall); and it most likely was the town hall before the German occupation. Location: In the center of town on the D964, the main street running through town. Source of Then Photo: War-time German postcard in the webmaster’s collection. Source of Now Photo: Webmaster.
French historical association Les Amis de Vauquois, together with the Connaissance de la Meuse, is preparing a historical performance that will bring the Butte of Vauquois during 1915, to life. The performance will include readings of diaries of both French and German participants, and paintings and soundscapes of the battle. Dates of the performance are Friday and Saturday 2-3 October and 9-10 October. The performance begins at 8:00pm. Ticket and reservation details can be seen in the above brochure. Please note that reservations are Continue reading →
The American Battle Monuments Commission announced this month that renovations to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Visitor Center will begin on 9 September. This will impact parking and access to the visitor center. However, the cemetery will remain open with normal operating hours; and access to the plot areas, the memorial building and the chapel will not be affected. Work is expected to be completed in late 2016–just before the Centennial Celebration of America’s involvement in the war. Continue reading →
On 3 July the webmaster gave a list of FB pages and groups of interest that cover WW1 and/or the Meuse-Argonne and surrounding regions in France. The list below adds to that initial blog: Meuse 55 Meuse-Ardennes-Argonne Paysages en Bataille Pays d’Argonne Souvenir Francaise d’Etain Argonne 14-18
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 →
Readers who know the webmaster well know of his passion for exploring the Meuse-Argonne battlefield armed with maps, regimental histories and highly detailed first person accounts. Thus, when he was introduced to this book, he must admit that he did not know how to respond: It certainly was not a detailed study of the battlefield such as those published by Paul Braim (The Test of Battle: The American Expeditionary Forces in the Meuse-Argonne Campaign) or Mark Ethan Grotelueschen (The AEF Way of War.) Also, there are Continue reading →
The December 2014 / January 2015 issue of the Newsletter Verdun-Meuse (http://verdun-meuse.fr/images/files/janvier2015.htm) is now available. Each issue features a calendar of relevant events (Agenda section), book reviews and several well-researched articles. Much of this issue is focused on the animals of the great war. Continue reading →
The World War 1 Centennial Commission holds weekly phone conference calls to keep the public abreast of upcoming events to commemorate the war. Going forward, this website will publish the minutes at least monthly. The minutes for the week of Feb. 11, 2015 are attached: WWICCSyncCallMinutes0211.docx. The Commission’s website can be viewed here: http://www.worldwar-1centennial.org/.
Unfortunately, the webmaster only found out about this exhibit on his recent trip to France, and it is almost finished. The exposition, Glass in the War, is open on Sundays and on public holidays from 10-12am and 2-6pm until 30 Sept. More information, including an English description can be obtained at this website: www.verre-argonne.org.