Montfaucon-d'Argonne Destroyed Village
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The Meuse-Argonne

The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the greatest battle fought by the American Army in the First World War. It involved the majority of the AEF and was a very complex operation. The German Army had spent four year fortifying their defences in the rough, hilly terrain of the region and the AEF had to smash through these defences to capture the important rail hub at Sedan. Its seizure effectively destroy the rail network supporting the German Army in France and Flanders and force the enemy's withdrawal from the occupied territories.

The bulk of the AEF forces employed in the initial onslaught were transferred from the St Mihiel Salient in preparation for the offensive. There new sector extended some thirty miles east to west to the north and northwest of Verdun. It was from here that they would launch their assault that would in six weeks see them lose 26,277 killed and 95,786 wounded.

Msuse-Argonne film strip

Join one of our expert guides on a tour to the battlefields of the Meuse-Argonne, follow the battle and see how it developed.