The U.S. Army Medical Department, Office of Medical History maintains a website that includes: “The Medical Department of the United States Army in the World War, Volume VIII Field Operations.” This e-book contain a wealth of information, including several photos that will continue to be part of this websites’ Then and Now Blogs.
Pierre Grande Guerre, a Dutch member of the Western Front Association, Netherlands Branch, has assembled quite a photo collection of his travels along the Western Front–including the Meuse-Argonne. These photos can be seen on his website: Pierreswesternfront.punt.nl.
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 →
As part of “The Great War Centennial Tour Series” Valor Tours, Ltd. is leading two tours focusing on the “Battlefields of 14 & 15: the Western Front Takes Shape.” Tour dates are 2–10 May, and 15-24 August 2015. Continue reading →
Caption: 28th Division Field Hospital at Les Islettes Location: On the rue Jules Bancelin, which is the D603 and the main road through town. Source of Then Photo: Pennsylvania in the World War: An Illustrated History of the Twenty-Eighth Division, Volume II, page 780. Source of Now Photo: Graham Gaulke Note: The building on the left is the building in which the exposition “Glass in the War” was located. From the photo, it is not clear whether the hospital was in that building or whether Continue reading →
The webmaster and his son together with Markus Paulick and family from Germany and Wim Degrande and his son from Belgium. In August 2014 this group spent two days exploring areas where the 28th Division AEF fought, including le Chene Tondu and areas around Montblainville. With Wim’s knowledge and research of the area they looked at two semaphore bunkers (Blinknetzstellen), two German camps (Lager) and the Geman hospital located on the Eastern edge of le Chene Tondu. When one moves off the beaten path, one gains a Continue reading →
The attached .pdf file is a presentation by Dr. Paola Filippucci given to the Flanders Heritage Society entitled “To Understand and to Feel the War: Memory and Tourism on the Western Front 1919-2011.” It shows many of the sites that can be visited in the Meuse-Argonne with quotes from various individuals at various points in time. Dr. Filippucci is the external Director of Studies in Social Anthropology at Emmanuael College, Cambridge University. Her research is focused on the First World War and on France. Keynote1_Filippucci (Warning: Continue reading →
Following up on the previous Technology and History post, this YouTube video briefly discussed the results of an excavation of the area in 2012: http://youtu.be/BI1BFhvZUOU. Thank you Wim Degrande for brining it to the webmaster’s attention.
France’s Centennial Website can be found at http://centenaire.org/fr. Readers can select which language they want to view it in: French, German or English. They can also select which region of the country to explore by clicking on the region on a map. The regions of Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne cover the Meuse-Argonne.
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.