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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

October 1st, 1918 - The Meuse-Argonne Offensive

Conflict: World War I

Combatants: Allies vs. Germans

Location: France

Outcome: Allied victory

On September 27th of 1918, General Ferdinand Foch, the Allied commander in chief, launched a two-pronged offensive against the Germans. The Franco-American wing was tasked with seizing the supply center and railroad junction near Mezieres. The British wing was ordered to capture railroad junction of Aulnoye thus disrupting German logistics. This first phase of the offensive ended on October 3rd with the American advance stymied int the Argonne Forest by German reinforcements. But all goals would eventually be achieved by November 10th; a day before the armistice.

U.S. Marines during the Meuse-Argonne Campaign by an unknown photographer

Points of Interest:

  • General Erich Ludendorff was the commander-in-chief of the German armies when the offensive commenced, but was replaced by Wilhelm Groener in late October.

  • It was the slow American advance through the Argonne Forest in October that produced both the incident of the Lost Battalion and the famous deeds of Sergeant Alvin York.

Ferdinand Foch by an unknown photographer

Erich Ludendorff in 1918 by an unknown photographer

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