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April 6, 2017

100 Years Ago Today: America Enters the Great War

By the middle of the summer, German forces on the Western Front were in slow retreat as American troops poured into France in staggering numbers.
Untried in battle yet eager for the fight, the American Expeditionary Force only participated in one major campaign on the Western Front, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which kicked off in late September and ran until the armistice on November 11, 1918. In 47 days of brutal fighting, the AEF proved its mettle, pushing the defeated Germans back all along the front, but at a frightful cost of 122,000 casualties, including 26,000 dead Americans. Although nearly forgotten by the public, the Meuse-Argonne remains the bloodiest battle in American history. | Observer

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 6, 2017 10:09 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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And, based on the latest news, we haven't learned one damned thing since.

Posted by: Skorpion at April 6, 2017 8:05 PM

It is amazing to see the changes in the Western world after these 100 years.

I had a centenarian for a neighbor when my wife & I were first married, who was a WWI veteran. He was born in that valley, with Indians traversing the river in canoes. When I knew him, he was farming a small garden by hand, and his hay barn ladder was constructed with no nails. The nails he did use in his barn, he had made by hand. Now, Frank has passed, and that whole valley is upscale wineries and a strip mall.

Posted by: Casey Klahn at April 7, 2017 7:19 AM

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