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The War to End all Wars. The American military experience in World War I


By Edward Coffman. The history of the American involvement in the Great War, first published in 1986 by OUP, has been to many the standard work on the subject. It was based upon some sources new at the time and used interviews with 30 survivors, including two Divisional Chiefs of Staff. In spite of new research which has since been done, the aut…

The War To End All Wars: The American Military Experience in World War I


  The War to End All Wars, The American Military Experience in World War I by Edward M. Coffman   This work, first published in 1968, has been reprinted in 1998. The following is a transcript of interviews which took place in May and June 1998, between Dr Coffman and Paul Guthrie, exploring the elements identified by Dr. Coffman as crucial to un…

'The New Crusaders - The Americans at the Meuse-Argonne' a talk given by David Williams


The Battle of the Meuse-Argonne remains the single largest and bloodiest battle ever fought by the American Army.  The Americans suffered around 122,000 casualties, a figure increasingly challenged as a very conservative estimate, with a disproportionate loss rate in the first eight days.  With the bulk of American divisions never having seen actio…

‘The American Expeditionary Force 1917-1918’ by Dr Graham Kemp


Dr Graham Kemp will be giving a talk on the American Expeditionary Force 1917-1918.   IMAGE: The US Army in Britain, 1917-1918 Column of American troops passing by the Buckingham Palace, London.

28 October 1918 Cpl John Valentine Bildner was killed in action on this day


A machinist fro Aurora, Indiana, John was born on 31 August 1894. Drafted into service with the 159th Depot Brigade at Lawrenceburg, Indiana on 29 March 1918, he was trained at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, Camp Gordon, Georgia and Camp McKlellan, Alabama before embarking for the American Expeditionary Force in France on 16 June 1918. Whilst fighting in …

'The Americans on the Meuse-Argonne' by Peter Hart


The Americans on the Meuse-Argonne by Peter Hart   Peter Hart, Oral Historian at the Imperial War Museum. Peter studied at Liverpool University before joining the Sound Archive at the Imperial War Museum in 1981. He is now Oral Historian at the Archive.   IMAGE: This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Pho…

'American Expeditionary Force on the Meuse Argonne 1918' with Peter Hart


Peter Hart will give a presentation on the AEF in the Meuse Argonne in 1918.    IMAGE:A column of American troops marching past British soldiers resting on the side of the road, France, in 1917 or 1918. (CC) International Encyclopedia of the First World War. 

Retreat Hell! We Only Just Got Here! The American Expeditionary Force in France, 1917-1918


Book review by Gary Sheffield. I have always thought that the distinction sometimes drawn between 'popular' and 'academic' history is unhelpful. The real categories are good and bad history and this book most definitely falls into the former category. By far the worst thing about this book is the dreadful title, because once I overcame my prejudic…

U.S. Infantry Weapons of the First World War


Book Review by Len Shurtleff. Mr Canfield is an internationally recognised specialist in twentieth century U.S. military weapons and a contributing editor to the American Rifleman. In this information-packed and richly illustrated volume, he presents a comprehensive record of rifles, shotguns, automatic rifles, pistols, machine guns, bayonets, kni…

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Western Front 100 Seminar


‘The Winning Formula’ will be held at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich Saturday 11th August, starting at 10 am. It will feature the following speakers: Professor Peter Simkins - Men on the Spot - Some BEF Divisional and Brigade Commanders in the Hundred Days Jack Sheldon - The German Army in the Allied Advance Peter Hart - The American…

'The American Expeditionary Force on the Argonne' by Peter Hart


Peter Hart will be giving a presentation on the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) on the Argonne in 1918.    IMAGE: Decoration of regimental colors by General Passaga, 32nd French Army Corps. 

'The Americans at Meuse-Argonne 1918' by Christina Holstein


About the talk: Involving 1.2 million US soldiers, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive (26 Sep - 11 Nov 1918) was the largest offensive in American history. It was also the AEF's bloodiest, resulting in around 27,000 US fatalities. Part of the "Hundred Days", it was one of a series of Allied attacks which brought the Great War to an end. Christina Holstein…

With Their Bare Hands: General Pershing, the 79th Division and the Battle for Montfaucon


By Gene Fax Osprey, £14.99, softback, 495pp, 55 ills, notes, refs, index. ISBN: 978–147–282–979–5 The title implies that this book is a narrow study of the US 79th Division and its struggle to capture the dominant feature of Montfaucon during the opening phase of the Meuse–Argonne offensive. In fact, it is much more, deploying the 79th Division…