A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign by Edward G. Lengel

By Edward G. Lengel

A spouse to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign explores the only biggest and bloodiest conflict in American army heritage, together with its many controversies, in historiographical essays that replicate the present nation of the field.

  • Presents unique essays at the French and German participation in ‒ and views on ‒ this significant event
  • Makes use of unique archival examine from the us, France, and Germany
  • Contributors contain WWI students from France, Germany, the U.S., and the United Kingdom
  • Essays study the army, social, and political effects of the  Meuse-Argonne and issues the best way for destiny scholarship during this area

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Published 2014 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 22 brian f. neumann of thousands of tons of supplies had to be shifted in and out of the attack zone. This amounted to the largest concentration of men and materiel up to that point in American military history. The American staff officers’ collective reputations depended on its successful completion. Staff Organizations When discussing the role of a staff in modern warfare, Lieutenant General Hunter Liggett, commander of the I American Army Corps at the beginning of the Meuse-Argonne, stated, “The more mechanical and complex war grows the greater the importance the staff must take on.

A showdown thereupon commenced. After further discussion, Pershing returned to the idea of giving First Army an independent sector of operations on the Western Front. ” “There is no time to send an entire Army,” Foch snapped. Pershing replied, “Give me a sector and I will occupy it immediately . . ” The argument continued. Foch spoke of the lack of American artillery and support formations, and Pershing angrily countered that in that case the French and British had only themselves to blame. It was they, after all, who had insisted that the United States focus on sending only infantry overseas to combat the German spring and summer offensives.

On the whole, though, the troops – even in the inexperienced green formations – p ­ erformed ­surprisingly well. Colonel Billy Mitchell’s airmen generally delivered on their promise to secure air superiority, and American officers learned more valuable lessons on infantry tactics and the employment of tanks. In four days, First Army cleared the entire salient and captured 15,000 Germans and hundreds of guns at the cost of only 9,000 casualties of their own (Lengel 2008, 52). St. Mihiel provided a huge morale boost for the men of First Army, and vindication for Pershing.

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