The St. Mihiel Salient

Timothy K. Nenninger and Charles Pelot Summerall

in The Way of Duty, Honor, Country

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126180
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135649 | DOI:
The St. Mihiel Salient

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The front assigned to the First Division for the attack was the old Toul sector that it had first held. They were to penetrate the enemy's position and meet troops attacking from the opposite angle of the salient, thus cutting it off. They were operating in the First Corps, commanded by General Joseph T. Dickman, who was looking for a way to have Charles Summerall relieved. However, it was a rule of the First Division never to criticize other troops. Charles always felt that he was fighting Germans, not Americans, and he never criticized other troops as other commanders did. The attack went off as planned in every detail. There was no doubt that this battle was made less difficult by the victory at Soissons. The enemy's will was broken. The enemy set fire to all of the villages in his retreat. He saw that the war must be lost.

Keywords: First Division; salient; Charles Summerall; Joseph T. Dickman; Soissons

Chapter.  1033 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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