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General Pershing's 2nd Division

General Pershing, & Major General Dickman, with the Officers and Men of the 2nd Division
Schutz Group Photographers.
General Pershing, & Major General Dickman, with the Officers and Men of the 2nd Division,
Valendar Germany, March, 1919
Panoramic silver gelatin print
Prints & Photographs Division (58D.4)

After the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) appointed John J. Pershing (1860-1948) to command the American troops being sent to Europe, the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). Pershing's army conducted two significant operations, the Saint-Mihiel salient and the Meuse-Argonne offensive. The later campaign led to the Inter-Allied destruction of the Germany resistence in October 1918 and the Armistice the following month. Seen here is Pershing with the 2nd Division of the AEF after the war's end.

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