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Untry had ever seen an entire generation of young Americans had been transformed forever To Conuer Hell is gripping in its accounts of combat studded with portraits of remarkable soldiers like Pershing Harry Truman George Patton and Alvin York and authoritative in presenting the big picture It is military history of the first rank and incredibly the first in depth account of this fascinating and important battl. This book is really important to me First it is the definitive account of the battle in the Meuse Argonne Second and importantly my dad s oldest brother Raymonde was killed in this fight In August Raymonde s unit the 86th Div moved to New York where its elements shipped out to France between 22 Aug and 9 Sep There is a reference to the 343rd being at St Loubes France The 86th had hoped to go into action as an integral unit However that was not to be and the 86th was essentially used as a manpower pool to fill other divisions which had suffered combat losses Raymond found himself in Company K 309th Infantry of the 78th Division probably in late Sep or early Oct 1918 On 16 Oct the 78th joined the fight in the Meuse Argonne at Grandpre France on the banks of the Aire River According to Lengel s account the 78th was green and had not really been tested under fire Known as the Lightening Div it had moved into battle lines during the night of Oct 15th and was ordered into the attack at 0600 on 16 Oct The term fog of war literally came into play The 78th was to have been guided into battle lines by soldiers of the 77th Div which was already in the fight But almost all of the 77th guides failed to carry out this assignment due to fog and rain on the night of the 15th There were other complicating factors and the 78th probably should not have been ordered in but the order to attack was not rescinded Raymond s unit the 309th was on the right of the attacking formation Lengel recounts what followed Crossing the Aire on footbridges near St Juvin they advanced across the open ground below the Bois des Logs and Champigneulle They moved forward in short rushes and as men fell to long range machine gun fire and artillery fire their neighbors moved over to fill the gaps The enemy fire increased as the infantry approached their objectives obscuring the lines with the smoke and debris of exploding shells for minutes at a time as the troops retreated down slope out of the clouds then rallied by their officers turned and rushed back in This went on for much of the day until the attack stalled on a line parallel with Hill 182 north of St Juvin It is almost certain that this is the action during which Raymond was killed So yeah that s why this book means a lot to me Some have criticized this book as being too detailed and as being too heavily weighted to eye witness accounts For me that is the book s strength If you want to know what it was like for the grunts in WW I this is your book Promises in Tumble Creek young Americans had been transformed forever To Conuer Hell is gripping in its accounts of combat studded with portraits of remarkable soldiers like Pershing Harry Truman George Patton and Alvin York and authoritative in presenting the big picture It is military history of the first rank and incredibly the first in depth account of this fascinating and important battl. This book is really important to me First it is the definitive account of the battle in the Meuse Argonne Second and importantly my dad s oldest brother Raymonde was killed in this fight In August Raymonde s unit the 86th Div moved to New York where its elements shipped out to France between 22 Aug and 9 Sep There is a reference to the 343rd being at St Loubes France The 86th had hoped to go into action as an integral unit However that was not to be and the 86th was essentially used as a manpower pool to fill other divisions which had suffered combat losses Raymond found himself in Company K 309th Infantry of the 78th Division probably in late Sep or early Oct 1918 On 16 Oct the 78th joined the fight in the Meuse Argonne at Grandpre France on the banks of the Aire River According to Lengel s account the 78th was green and had not really been tested under fire Known as the Lightening Div it had moved into battle lines during the night of Oct 15th and was ordered into the attack at 0600 on 16 Oct The term fog of war literally came into play The 78th was to have been guided into battle lines by soldiers of the 77th Div which was already in the fight But almost all of the 77th guides failed to carry out this assignment due to fog and rain on the night of the 15th There were other complicating factors and the 78th probably should not have been ordered in but the order to attack was not rescinded Raymond s unit the 309th was on the right of the attacking formation Lengel recounts what followed Crossing the Aire on footbridges near St Juvin they advanced across the open ground below the Bois des Logs and Champigneulle They moved forward in short rushes and as men fell to long range machine gun fire and artillery fire their neighbors moved over to fill the gaps The enemy fire increased as the infantry approached their objectives obscuring the lines with the smoke and debris of exploding shells for minutes at a time as the troops retreated down slope out of the clouds then rallied by their officers turned and rushed back in This went on for much of the day until the attack stalled on a line parallel with Hill 182 north of St Juvin It is almost certain that this is the action during which Raymond was killed So Mischief and Marriage yeah that s why this book means a lot to me Some have criticized this book as being too detailed and as being too heavily weighted to eye witness accounts For me that is the book s strength If Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, your book

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The authoritative dramatic and previously untold story of the bloodiest battle in American history the epic fight for the Meuse Argonne in World War I On September 26 1918 than one million American soldiers prepared to assault the German held Meuse Argonne region of France Their commander General John J Pershing believed in the superiority of American guts over barbed wire machine guns massed artillery and poi. Never fight the Russians in their snow or the Germans in a forest stronghold In 9 AD in the depths of the Teutoberg Forest a confederacy of Germanic tribes ambushed and annihilated a force of three Roman legions read about the battle in Schama s Landscape and Memory and you will have Anselm Kiefer nightmares in the fall and winter of 1944 a number of US divisions bled out in the H rtgen Forest where the Germans had nested machine gun teams in cunningly camouflaged log redoubts and artillery that fired into the treetops to make airbursts of razor sharp of splinters In the fall of 1918 the US First Army did manage to crack the three lines of German fortification each line was named after a witch in Wagner s Ring laid across the steep wooded hills of the Meuse river valley and the muddy misty ravines of the Argonne Forest but the victory took six weeks and cost 26000 dead and over 100000 wounded The largest US military cemetery in France isn t in Normandy it s in the Meuse Argonne Those are small numbers by the standards of the Western Front the British lost 19000 killed on the first fucking day of the Somme but the American wastage stood out then and stands out to historians now because many of the casualties can be directly traced to US officers inexperience and ignorant pigheaded disdain of French and British advice The commander of the American Expeditionary Force John J Black Jack Pershing actually thought his troops were stronger and braver than the supposedly timid trench cowering Europeans and that the vaunted American rifleman striding across No Man s Land with his bayonet fixed and his aim sure could overcome the barbed wire machine guns gas and artillery barrages all the innovations of war that had stopped the British and French the previous three years Lengel describes US troops being shot down while struggling to cut through belts of wire already hung with skeletons in tattered French uniforms You can imagine how that went static butchery Chauvinism much like Pershing s had allowed three generations of European officers to ignore the data of the American Civil War and of their own colonial wars namely that the range and accuracy of the infantryman s rifle and the rapid fire of the machine gun made frontal wave attacks against an entrenched defender suicidal I suppose the lesson or epigram is that war is progressive Grant and combat an incommunicable obscenity revealed only to participants and even participants forget or pretend to Bruce Catton wrote somewhere that he was no aware of the realities of war for having been raised around mangled American Civil War veterans because those men with their vast authority had acuiesced to their celebration by mass media imagery the picture book war that was romantically false Charles Royster pointed out that even the grimmest war writers pull some of their punches if only for their own sanity If veterans did not all write of the war as Bierce did at his most scathing or if Bierce DeForest and other critics of romanticizing failed to draw the darkest conclusions from their portraits of war their restraint did not necessarily arise from self deception or cowardice They had to live with the war Even Bierce connoisseur of death did so for fifty years I skimmed some of this book Reading military history I m usually able to keep in mind topographical features and unit dispositions but I ve been an irritable reader recently I didn t abandon To Conuer Hell because I ve always wanted to know how the US raised a million man modern army shipped it to France and supplied trained and deployed it decisively all in 18 months The answer is just barely During the first four days of the Meuse Argonne offensive the frontline troops had to eat captured German rations and drink pooled rainwater Many of the draftee replacements hadn t been taught to fire their rifles they were just bodies a helpless weight of flesh pushed against the enemy Red Army style The planes tanks artillery and most of the light machine guns were French made It seems that if it had not been for First Army chief of staff George C Marshall later architect of US mobilization in WWII and the nominal rebuilder of postwar Europe the thing wouldn t have come off at all I m also morbidly fascinated by forest fighting snipers in the treetops patrols that blunder into each other in foggy clearings and dissolve into point blank melees of barking pistols rifles swung as clubs shotgun blasts and the swoop of trench knives And I never skimmed over the individual stories many of which make the always wounded but never incapacitated action movie hero seem not so far fetched Pershing was right in a way his soldiers were excellent but only insofar as they ignored his tactics and adapted their killing skills to the tasks before them belly to the dirt tasks like infiltration of enemy lines and the patient outflanking and neutralization of machine gun nests Jake Barkley mostly bald from mustard gas burns to his scalp picked up a German light machine gun and retreated to the hulk of a knocked out tank from that one man fortress he held off an entire German battalion Caribou hunter Samuel Woodfill crept around German machine gun nests and shot down the gunners and jumped into a German trench where finding his45 jammed he reached for the nearest implement and began killing Germans with a pickaxe Tennessee tavern brawler turned born again pacifist turned reluctant draftee Alvin York knew from wild turkey hunts how to shoot down the suad of Germans which suddenly rose from cover and charged him from 25 yards away I teched off the sixth man first then the fifth then the fourth then the third and so on That s the way we shoot wild turkeys at home You see we don t want the front ones to know that we re getting the back ones and then they keep on coming until we get them all Of course I hadn t time to think of that I guess I jes naturally did it I knowed too that if the front ones wavered or if I stopped them the rear ones would drop down and pump a volley into me and get me Promises in Tumble Creek you will have Anselm Kiefer nightmares in the fall and winter of 1944 a number of US divisions bled out in the H rtgen Forest where the Germans had nested machine gun teams in cunningly camouflaged log redoubts and artillery that fired into the treetops to make airbursts of razor sharp of splinters In the fall of 1918 the US First Army did manage to crack the three lines of German fortification each line was named after a witch in Wagner s Ring laid across the steep wooded hills of the Meuse river valley and the muddy misty ravines of the Argonne Forest but the victory took six weeks and cost 26000 dead and over 100000 wounded The largest US military cemetery in France isn t in Normandy it s in the Meuse Argonne Those are small numbers by the standards of the Western Front the British lost 19000 killed on the first fucking day of the Somme but the American wastage stood out then and stands out to historians now because many of the casualties can be directly traced to US officers inexperience and ignorant pigheaded disdain of French and British advice The commander of the American Expeditionary Force John J Black Jack Pershing actually thought his troops were stronger and braver than the supposedly timid trench cowering Europeans and that the vaunted American rifleman striding across No Man s Land with his bayonet fixed and his aim sure could overcome the barbed wire machine guns gas and artillery barrages all the innovations of war that had stopped the British and French the previous three Mischief and Marriage years Lengel describes US troops being shot down while struggling to cut through belts of wire already hung with skeletons in tattered French uniforms You can imagine how that went static butchery Chauvinism much like Pershing s had allowed three generations of European officers to ignore the data of the American Civil War and of their own colonial wars namely that the range and accuracy of the infantryman s rifle and the rapid fire of the machine gun made frontal wave attacks against an entrenched defender suicidal I suppose the lesson or epigram is that war is progressive Grant and combat an incommunicable obscenity revealed only to participants and even participants forget or pretend to Bruce Catton wrote somewhere that he was no aware of the realities of war for having been raised around mangled American Civil War veterans because those men with their vast authority had acuiesced to their celebration by mass media imagery the picture book war that was romantically false Charles Royster pointed out that even the grimmest war writers pull some of their punches if only for their own sanity If veterans did not all write of the war as Bierce did at his most scathing or if Bierce DeForest and other critics of romanticizing failed to draw the darkest conclusions from their portraits of war their restraint did not necessarily arise from self deception or cowardice They had to live with the war Even Bierce connoisseur of death did so for fifty Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, yards away I teched off the sixth man first then the fifth then the fourth then the third and so on That s the way we shoot wild turkeys at home You see we don t want the front ones to know that we re getting the back ones and then they keep on coming until we get them all Of course I hadn t time to think of that I guess I jes naturally did it I knowed too that if the front ones wavered or if I stopped them the rear ones would drop down and pump a volley into me and get me

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Son gas In thirty six hours he said the Doughboys would crack the German defenses and open the road to Berlin Six weeks later after savage fighting across swamps forests towns and rugged hills the battle finally ended with the signing of the armistice that concluded the First World War The Meuse Argonne had fallen at the cost of than 120000 American casualties including 26000 dead In the bloodiest battle the co. This is a military history of Meuse Argonne battle that America fought in WWI against the Germans It was the major battle that the US engaged in and was key to the German defeat in November of 1918 This book is a long and detailed description of the months long engagement It describes bayonet fights artillery shelling machine gunfire sources of soldiers describing specific fights and the carnage It is long and detailed About 100000 US troops died here Germany however after fighting for four years could no longer withstand new supply of Americans showing up in 1918 with the American economy revved up behind them A very detailed description of the American contribution to this war Intensive Care years could no longer withstand new supply of Americans showing up in 1918 with the American economy revved up behind them A very detailed description of the American contribution to this war


10 thoughts on “To Conuer Hell The Meuse Argonne 1918

  1. says:

    Never fight the Russians in their snow – or the Germans in a forest stronghold In 9 AD in the depths of the Te

  2. says:

    A ok book but it could have been far better Endless repetition of the same stock phrases the attacked jumped off at 500am make one thrust indistinguishable from another This is amplified by the paucity of maps a

  3. says:

    This is the best book on the Muese Argonne campaign I've read There are a lot of first person accounts that really help you to know what the Doughboys went through Until I read this I really had no idea some Doughboys were

  4. says:

    Definitely worth wading through the 400 plus pages Detailed account of America's main battle on the western fron

  5. says:

    This is a military history of Meuse Argonne battle that America fought in WWI against the Germans It was the major battle that the US engaged

  6. says:

    I tend not to

  7. says:

    This book is really important to me First it is the definitive account of the battle in the Meuse Argonne Second and importantly my dad's oldest brother Raymonde was killed in this fight In August Raymonde's unit the 86th D

  8. says:

    An addictive readable account of US action in World War One It presents personal accounts of soldiers from generals to privates which highlighted the disconnect Army leadership had from the actual conditions on the front Like another reviewer noted maps would have been useful Otherwise a great book

  9. says:

    This bookś theme is a digust due to at the time American generals did not care for the loss of human life by throwing men at enemy lines

  10. says:

    An interesting book on the final campaign of World War I I enjoyed how certain events tied in to the campaign From Charles Whittlsey's Lost Battalion to Alvin C York this book tells of the horrors of trench warfare and the newly developed weapons that were used such as gas and the airplane

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