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 →
The Facebook Public Group, Meuse-Argonne.com, topped the 100 member mark in August. As of this date, the group has 111 members. Webmaster Randy Gaulke started the group in May 2015 by inviting several of his friends to be initial members. The reasons behind the joint blog and FB group approach was three-fold: First, information can be shared much quicker and easier on Facebook. Second, it was hoped that reader comments and participation rates would increase. Third, it was hoped that more people could be reached more quickly. The 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
The WW1 Historical Association and the League of WW1 Aviation Historians is holding a WW1 Collaboration Symposium in Lisle, IL on 2-3 October. The theme of the Symposium is “1915: Warfare Evolution; New Strategies and Tactics” and presentations will cover a wide range of topics under that theme. The Symposium will also feature a tour of the First Division Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton, IL; as well as vendors, reenactors and wargamers. The event is also being structured to allow plenty of time for Continue reading →
The webmaster has recently become more aware of two German websites that cover portions of the battlefields near the Meuse-Argonne: The first is Stefan Schewitzer’s http://www.morthomme.com. This blog / website covers the Argonne, Verdun and St. Mihiel Salient. It contains then and now pictures, articles, maps, etc. for each of these areas. The second is Detlef Bussat’s http://www.hk1418.de. This website covers Hartmannsweilerkopf in the Vosges Mountains and its role in 1914-18. The Research Tools / Links page has been updated to include both Continue reading →
The June 2015 Issue of the Newsletter Verdun Meuse is now available. (http://verdun-meuse.fr/images/files/juin2015.htm.) Each issues features a calendar of relevant events (Agenda section), book reviews and several well-researched articles. As alluded to by the thumbnail above, portions of this newsletter focus on the mining war in the Argonne. Continue reading →
The village of Cierges-sous-Montfaucon will be hosting a flea market on Saturday, 22 August. Generally speaking, the many local French flea markets can also offer interesting finds such as rifle barrels as well as other rusty bits and uniforms. Readers who are going to be in the area that day, should consider popping in. There is no charge to attend. It will run from 1200 to 2200 hours; with a DJ later in the evening. A link to the information can be found here: http://www.pays-dargonne.fr/evenement-1501-brocant-a-cierges-sous-montfaucon.html.