A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign by Edward G. Lengel

By Edward G. Lengel

A spouse to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign explores the only greatest and bloodiest conflict in American army heritage, together with its many controversies, in historiographical essays that replicate the present nation of the field.

  • Presents unique essays at the French and German participation in ‒ and views on ‒ this crucial event
  • Makes use of unique archival examine from the USA, France, and Germany
  • Contributors comprise WWI students from France, Germany, the U.S., and the United Kingdom
  • Essays learn the army, social, and political effects of the  Meuse-Argonne and issues the way in which for destiny scholarship during this area

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Once an advancing unit began to lose strength a fresh unit would push forward and continue the attack. Divisional artillery units were to displace forward as well in order to maintain a steady barrage against the successive German lines. In this way the planners intended to blast through the successive German positions before enemy reinforcements could arrive. It was not a particularly imaginative plan; rather, it relied upon mass, speed, and overwhelming force. Concentration The most difficult feature of the Meuse-Argonne operation for the First Army staff was not the battle itself but the concentration of forces that preceded it.

Of primary importance, Pershing wanted officers who had spent time at the Leavenworth School of the Line and Army Staff College. He knew that the “most highly trained officers as a rule came from the Staff College … and from the Army War College” (Pershing 1931, 1:103). As War College graduates would be required to command brigades and divisions according to their age and grade, officers with Staff College experience held the inside track to gaining general staff positions in France. Pershing and Harbord assembled an initial staff of roughly 50 officers for service with the AEF.

While a brilliant staff officer, McAndrew never exerted the same level of control over the AEF general staff that Harbord did. 1 McAndrew’s style, and the provision authorizing staff officers to issue directives in the commander’s name, also gave the assistant chiefs of staff increased power in managing the AEF. This ­created a certain level of resentment between the officers at AEF GHQ and those in other commands, such as at the corps level or in the SOS. Unfortunately this dynamic was firmly in place by September 1918 and would cause increased tensions during the St.

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