By Edward G. Lengel
A significant other to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign explores the one biggest and bloodiest conflict in American army heritage, together with its many controversies, in historiographical essays that mirror the present country of the field.
- Presents unique essays at the French and German participation in ‒ and views on ‒ this significant event
- Makes use of unique archival learn from the U.S., France, and Germany
- Contributors comprise WWI students from France, Germany, the USA, and the United Kingdom
- Essays study the army, social, and political effects of the Meuse-Argonne and issues the way in which for destiny scholarship during this area
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These numbers represent only a portion of the total logistical operation that First Army oversaw. The most remarkable thing about all of these movements is that, despite the difficulties and problems, every division was in position within 24 hours of the start time. All of the divisional, corps, and army artillery was in place with at least a four-day supply of ammunition. ” He went on to state that the fact “that it was carried out in the brief period available without arousing the suspicions of the enemy indicates the precision and smoothness with which it was calculated and accomplished” (Pershing 1931, 2:285).
The first meeting of principal staff officers took place at Chaumont, AEF GHQ’s location, on 18 July. Finally on 24 July Pershing issued General Orders No. 120, officially creating First Army, effective 10 August (Center of Military History 1992, 16:393). Based upon the G system, the First Army staff began with 35 officers and roughly 100 enlisted men. By the end of the war it would grow to over 600 officers and 1,500 enlisted personnel. Between its formation on 10 August and the armistice the First Army staff would plan and oversee over a million men and conduct two major operations.
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