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The Second Phase of the Meuse-Argonne

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126180.003.0021
The Second Phase of the Meuse-Argonne

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The First Division received orders to attack a very strong Austrian division in front of Verdun. The great Meuse–Argonne offensive of the First American Army began early on September 26. The powerful effect of the artillery was gained by having all of the guns in the division fire over a segment of the front as an echelon of the infantry advanced. It was indeed the decisive battle that ended the war, and, as at Soissons, the First Division bore the brunt and made victory possible. The commander-in-chief noted in this division a special pride of service and a high state of morale never broken by hardship nor battle. Charles Summerall wrote letters of commendation to the divisions, encouraging them to continue the advance. He was made a brigadier general in the regular army on February 16, 1919.

Keywords: First American Army; Verdun; artillery; First Division; Charles Summerall; brigadier general; Meuse–Argonne offensive

Chapter.  13210 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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