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SPRING TRAINING HINTS
BITTER FIGHTING AFTER
FIRSTARGONNE THRUSI
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tillery, which had-, at last been able to
get up.
The great woods of Malancourt and
Montfaucon, with jungles of underbrush
beneath the trees, and the Bavin du lai
Fuon and the trenches of the Hugen-
Stellung stretching through them, were
ahead of the 37th Division when it
jumped off in front of Avocourt at 5 :liO
that morning. The close country made
slow* going and, in spile of the preliminary
bombardment, there were many machine
gun nests to be cleared out in the woods
but by evening the right had reached the
open ridge north of the Bois de Monl
faucon and the left was In the trenches
of the Volker-Stellung. some three kilo
meters west of Montfaucon, the advance
of the day having been a good seven kilo
meters.
Tho 91st Division went still faster,
clearing the Bois do Choppy and tho Bois
do Very before noon and having patrols
In Epinonvillo, beyond the Volker-Stellung
by 5 p.m„ which meant an extreme advance
of nearly nine kilometers.
Tho 35th Division went across the for
bidding crest of Vuuqunis and the laby
rinth of trenches cast of Boureuilles almost
unopposed, only to walk into a dense
morning fog rising from the valleys of the
Aire and the Buantho, which at once made
liaison diflleult and shrouded the hiding
places of machine guns. As the left flank
approached Varcnnes, a heavy crossfire
from that village and the slopes of the
Argonnc beyond swept the length of the
whole front' lino, and a large number of
men, especially officers, were flilled or
wounded. Willi the aid of tanks, Varcnnes
and also Cheppy were finally taken, and by
evening the right was on the hills north
of Very and the left north of Varcnnes,
diagonally across tho divisional sector.
The 28th Division, straddling the Ar
gonne escarpment, thrust its right rapidly
and easily down the Aire valley, passed
Varennes and came ■well np tho belts of
wire in front of Montblainville. The
112th Infantry, going up the slopes of the
Argonnc, went too far to tho left Into the
woods, encountered some machine guns in
the sector of the 77th Division, and did not
reach its objective line till 4:30 in the
afternoon, though that night the front had
gone across Hill 263, the height on the
edge of tho plateau which had dominated
Varcnnes and Very earlier in the day.
Savage Figlit in Wilderness
Stepping straight off into the forest, the
I7th floundered some two kilometers through
the front trench systems, and plunging into
the twisting ravines, many of them ISO feet
from floor to crest, began at once the savage
fighting that a wilderness always entails,
the 305th Infantry talcing the Abri St.
Louis after four attacks and the 306th tak
ing the Four Zube after three attacks, as
well as an immense dump of engineer and
light railroad material near the Barricade
Pavilion. St. Herbert’s Pavilion was also
taken, as well as warehouses, barracks and
light railways all through the ravines, for
the whole region was a. German storage and
rest area of long standing. The right of
fho 77th Division thus got ahead some
three kilometers: the left did not make so
much advance, but it was well into the
heart of the enemy trench system at dusk.
In the meantime the Fourth French
Army, westward across the Champagne, had
progressed nearly as far the First Ameri
can Army, penetrating the Gorman positions
to depths of about five kilometers, taking
the powerful positions of Navarin Farm,
Butte de Souin. Mont Murat, Butte do
Tahuro and Butte de Mcsnil, and the vil
lages of Tahure, Ripont, Rouvroy, Cernay
en-Dormols, Servon and Melzicourt, and
capturing 7,000 prisoners. Already the
curve of the salient around tho Argonne
forest was becoming clearly defined, par
ticularly on the American side, where the
average advance of the first day had boon
fen kilometers and where 5,000 prisoners
had been taken.
German Reinforcements Rushed
But It was only now, after the victorious
first rush, that the grind of the terrific bat
tle was really to begin. On the first day
the Germans, dazed and confused by the
initial bombardment, overwhelmed by the
rapidity and fury of the attack and com
paratively weak in numbers, had given way
almost everywhere. But instantly their
high command began rushing up reinforce
ments.
Although there was appreciation of the
seriousness of the loss of their strong front
lines, there was little doubt of their ability
ultimately to wear out and slop tills offen
sive. as they had stopped others In the past,
such as the British offensive at Cambral in
the fall of 1917. This they expected to ac
complish, not so much by the use of masses
of Infantry, which they no longer had to
spare, but by the most stubborn and skillful
machine gun defense that it had ever been
possible for human ingenuity to devise.
By the 29th of September they had rein
forced their front by the introduction of
three more divisions, so that on that date
their order of battle stood, from the Meuse
westward; the CXVIh Division, astride
the Mouse; the VHlh Reserve Division,
XXXVIIth Division, CXVIlth Division, Ist
Guard Division, Vth Guard Division,
XEVth Division and Ilnd Landwchr Divi
sion, of which the Ist and Vth Guard
Divisions were immediately east of the Aire
river.
Except on the extreme right, where It
had reached the army objective along the
Meuse, the American front on the night of
September 26 was approximately upon the
corps objective everywhere, but still about
five kilometers short of the army objective,
the attainment of which line was essential
to the strangling out of even the lower part
of the Argonne forest, not to speak of the
still more Important object of arriving, on
the other flank, within striking distance of
the Motz-Mezicres railroad. The effects of
surprise and the opportunities for flanking
operations, except tactically against local
objectives, wore now over and there was
nothing for it but to drive ahead with till
the strength and determination possible and
force a way forward against the most hit
ter frontal resistance that the power of the
German army could exert.
Second Attack launched
Perhaps the events of the battle as it was
fought under those conditions can be as
clearly set forth by outlining separately the
struggles of each division through certain
well defined phases of the operations as by
any other method. The first well defined
phase was the one extending from the night
of September 26-27 to the morning of Octo
ber -1, when, having fought itself to a stand
still on the various sectors of the front, the
Army gathered itself together and, with
due preparation, launched a second simul
taneous attack.
It has been seen that the 33rd Division,
on the extreme right, reached its army ob
jective along tho Meuse on the first day and
thenceforth it lay on this line until October
8, when it attacked Consenvoye in tho open
ing of tho offensive to the east of the
Mouse. The 80th Division, next on the left,
though It overran on the first day by far the
greater part of the territory assigned to it,
came up at the northern end of its sector
against a mighty obstacle in the fortified
villages of Brieulles-sur-Monse and the de
fenses south of it, all of them completely
enfiladed by an Immense number of German
batteries and machine puns on the bluffs
across tho bond in the Mouse, in the vicin
ity of Vilosnes. The 4th Division, further
to the west, was also trying to advance on
Bricullcs and meeting with desperate oppo
sition. so, although the right of the 80th
Division was able during tho 27th to ad
vance a little along the river bank, the left
was held back in the woods.
Counler-Atlaek Put Down
Early next morning the Germans made
a strong counter-attack from the direction
of Brieullos. but it was promptly put
down, and at 7 :15 the left of the 80th, in
turn attacked toward Brieullos. The
frontal resistance, and particularly the
searching crossfire from Vilosnes and the
Bois do Chatillon, across the Meuse,
stopped the attack as well as the later ones
by which it was followed throughout the
day. The right, however, was again able
to advance a little along the river, where,
opposite Vilosnes, it captured during the
day a huge Gorman dump containing mate
rial worth about ?10,000,000. During the
night of the 28th, the 80th Division, hav
ing contracted its sector to a narrow front
between the 33rd and the 4th Division, gave
over its front lino to the reserve brigade
of the 33rd and withdrew to recuperate for
attack again in whatever quarter it should
be needed.
On the second day of the attack the 4th
Division, like nearly all others, suffered
from the lack of artillery support, its guns
having as yet been unable to get up. de
spite the fact that tho 4th Engineers had
managed to build a complete road from
Esnes to Malancourt across No Man's
Land, employing 40,000 sandbags in tho
operation. Nevertheless, at 7:30 on the
morning of the 27th, the 4th Division at
tacked again and the 47th Infantry, on
the right, gained the north edge of the
Bois do Brieullos. On the left tho 39th
Infantry went even farther at first, pene
trating the southern part of the Bois de
Fays, but It suffered heavy casualties here
and fell back before the day was over to
the southern slopes of Hill 295, thus draw
ing the left sharply back along the line of
the Briculles-Nantillois road.
Captured Battery in Service
In spite of repeated efforts, the front
was unable to advance beyond this line
during the next two days. Owing to short
age of ammunition for the American bat
teries, a captured battery of German 77's
was pressed into service near Culsy, and
during this time it fired In,ooo rounds of
captured ammunition into the lines of its
former owners.
The 7th Infantry Brigade being pretty
thoroughly used up by September 29th, the
3th Brigade on that day took its place in
the front line, and the 53th Infantry, which
had taken the front of the 30th along the
Nantiliois-Brleulles road, contrived to gain
a little ground, though whenever it started
ahead the enemy's artillery and machine gun
fire increased violently. By the next day the
55th Infantry had mopped up the entire
north edge of the Bois de Brieulles, and
the first three days of October were spent
in consolidating a line of resistance along
this front, while the divisional Artillery
did no more firing than was absolutely
necessary, endeavoring to build up a re
serve supply of ammunition, which had to
be brought in at night over roads con
gested with traffic and knee deep In mud.
After their spectaculor storming of
Montmaucon and the ravines east of it, the
men of the 79th Division, who had been
unable to receive any supplies since the
beginning of the advance, were too ex
hausted to carry their next objectives,
Nantillois on the right and the Bois de
Beuge on the left, in the first attack, de
lievered late on the afternoon of the 27th.
But at 7 o’clock next morning, having
changed front-line regiments during the
night, they went ahead again, while low
flying German airplanes machine-gunned
the front line and the whole area was
raked with shrapnel and high explosive
accurately directed by a German Drachen,
which was aloft to the northwest.
Nevertheless, early in the afternoon the
316th Infantry had gone through the Bois
de Beuge, where captured machine guns
wore turned to use In pushing the advance
on northward across the kilometer of shal-
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low, open valley into the patch of wood
land on Hill 265. Further east, the 315th
Infantry had forced an entrance into the
streets of Nantillois before 11 o’clock,
whore it reorganized and pushed on over
high ground toward the woods around the
Ferine do Madeline, organized as parts of
the Kricmhilclc-Stcllung.
The progress of the 315th was being as
sisted by some tanks, but, on approaching
the edge of the woods, two of the heavy
tanks were put out of action by anti-tank
rides, while the drivers of throe light tanks
wore wounded. Long-range fire from
across the Meuse was also enfilading the
Trout, and the first attack was repulsed,
as well as a second which followed it, the
lino falling back for the night to the re
verse slope of Hill 27}, on the flank of the
316th.
Ail night of September 28-29 the corps
and divisional Artillery poured shells into
the Forme do Madeline and the entrenched
woods around it, the Bois de Cunel, the
Bois des Ogons and the Bois de Fays; but,
in spite of that, the next day’s battle was
a repetition of that of the day before. The
Slaih Infantry and the adjoining flank of
the 310th contrived to work into the Bois
dos Ogons and through it to the north
edge, clearing it temporarily of machine
guns, but they could not hold it under the
terrific fire from the Ferine de Madeline
and the crossfires from other directions,
and at night the front line held on the
open slopes only a few hundred motors in
advance of the position of the previous
night.
less Titan 1,000 Effectives
The 316th Infantry was now reduced
to loss than 1,000 effectives, and the
reserve regiments again took the front line,
but the men wore too much exhausted to
accomplish an advance, and about 4 o’clock
in tho afternoon the whole front dropped
back to the north edge of the Bois de
Bongo.
During the afternoon of September 29
the Gormtin artillery, directed by an air
plane, vigorously shelled tho advance
dressing station of the 314th Ambulance
Company, on the road between Nantillols
and Montfaucon, its presence being re
vealed by largo red crosses painted on tho
roofs. Having lost approximately 300 of
ficers and men killed and over 3,100
wounded, tho 79th Division was relieved
on the night of September 30 by tho 3rd
Division, which continued to occupy the
sector without notable activity until Octo
ber 4.
When it halted south of Ivoiry and west
of Montfaucon on the night of Septem
ber 20. the 37th Division front lay diagon
ally across its sector from southeast to
northwest. The attack was resumed at
5:30 next, morning, and the 74th Brigade,
on the left, was through the Volker-
Stcliung trenches at 9 o’clock and half a
kilometer south of Ivoiry. At about this
time the 73rd Brigade, not. so far ad
vanced on the right, was stopped by a
sudden counter-attack. The brigade re
serve was thrown in and the counter-attack
repulsed, and the 73rd Brigade too Hill
250, northeast of Ivoiry, before noon, while
Ivoiry itself was occupied on the other
flank.
Captured Gorman Guns In Play
Tho intensity of the fire from Ciorgcs
and the western part of tho Bois de Bouge
ahead of them forced the forward elements
of tho 145th and 147th Infantry, on the
right, to give up Hill 256 and drop back
to the Volker- Stellung trenches along the
Montfaucon-Ivoiry road, while tho left
clung to the line of the same road where
it entered Ivoiry, partly because of the
gallant work of two French officers and
eight enlisted men of the Signal Corps,
who furnished artillery support by work
ing four captured German 150 mm. guns.
The chief enemy positions now Just
ahead consisted, from east to west, of the
Bois da Bouge, partly In the sector of tho
79th Division, then the broad and rather
shallow valley of the River Ardon, then the
Bois Emont, and then a corner of the Bois
Communal de Cierges, most of which lay
in the sector of the 91st Division, to the
left.
Cicrges village nestled along the banks
of the Ardon half a kilometer north of the
Bois Emont. The 37th Division went for
ward again at 7 o’clock on the morning of
the 23th, and in 35 minutes troops were In
the Bois de Beugc and the Bois Emont,
while before 11 elements of both brigades
were slowly approaching Ciergcs. The
enemy artillery, however, especially from
the woodlands north and northeast; around
the Perme do Madeline, was very active
and filled the Bois Emont, the Bois do
Beuge and the valley of the Ardon with
phosgene and mustard gas to such an ex
tent that many of the men there became
gas casualties. Although the batteries of
the 55th Artillery Brigade during the
afternoon took the woodland mentioned
under vigorous fire, thereby reducing that
of the enemy, and although between 5 and
6 o’clock In the evening a second attack by
the 74th Brigade cleared the Bois Emont
of machine guns for the time, the north
edge of that woods and of the Bois de
Cierges was held through the night only by
a light line of very much exhausted men.
Tanks Beaten Back
An attempt was made the following
morning by ten small tanks, covered by
artillery fire, to advance along the eastern
edge of the Bois Emont and clean out
the machine guns north of It, which were
enfilading the valley of the Ardon between
the Bois Emont and the Bois de Beuge.
As soon as the tanks topped the crest of
Hill 265 they wore taken under a terrific
artillery fire and at the edge of th Bois
Emont they turned back, five of them fail
ing to return.
The Infantry line which had accom
panied them took shelter along the south
edge of the woods. A. little later a bat
tatlion of Infantry on the extreme left of
the line attacked through the narrow yap
between the’Bois Emont and the Bois do
Cierges, through which passes the Amin
road from Run-sur-Meusc to Varcnnot and
Bar-le-Duc. The major commanding was
instantly killed, the attack holtcd and the
men took shelter in shell holes.
It having been found impossible to re
inforce the advanced lines, they were ac
cordingly drawn back and a line of resist
ance established just south of the Bois
ICmont, which was consolidated on Septem
ber 30 and on winch the completely ex
hausted 37ih Division was relieved by the
32nd Division during that afternoon and
evening.
On coming into the sector the 32nd Divi
sion, commanded by Maj. Gen. W. G.
llaan. wont in with the 63rd Infantry
Brigade in front, the 64th Infantry Brigade
in reserve and the Hath Field Artillery
Brigade in artillery support. The clay after
entering sector, October I, assisted by ap
preciable advances by the divisions on the
flanks, combat patrols pushed ahead and
occupied Ciergcs ami the open ground for
half a kilometer north of It.
In the readjustment of division fronts
preparatory to the renewal of the general
attack, the 32nd Division on the 3rd of
October relieved the 61st Division on its
left, in front of Gesnes, the 64th Brigade
taking over this front of about two kilo
meters, while on the right the 3rd Divi
sion in turn took over a similar extent of
the 32ml Division sector north of Cicrgcs.
In this position, side-stepped to the left,
the 32nd Division attacked on October 4.
Olsf, Division Goes Ahead
In piercing the lino of the Volkor-Stellung
in its sector on the first day of the battle,
the 61st Division accomplished a part of
its mission which would have proved in
finitely harder a few hours later because, if
it had hold against the first attack, the
machine guns in this section of the Volker-
Stcllung and the artillery in the woodlands
behind it would have had terrific sweep
over the long, open slopes to the southward.
Even as It was, the advance next morning
against Epinonville and Eclisfontainc suf
fered very heavily from the German artil
lery, though the attacking troops were well
supported by the batteries of the 122nd and
124th Field Artillery from cast of Very.
The 361st Infantry, on the right, prog
ressed through 3£pinozivillc and was stopped
just north of it by fire from the
woodlands to the north, the 304th, in the
center, was hold up by the broad belts of
wire in front of Eclisfontainc, while the
363rd, on the left, being out of touch with
the 3oth Division, further to the west,
pushed slightly over into its sector, crossed
the ridge north off Very and filtered
through the wire belts in the ravine beyond
it, working toward the west of Eclisfontaine
until well across the Eclisfontainc-Varennes
road. The advanced positions might have
been held for the night, but clanger from
their own artillery barrage caused the for
ward troops to be withdrawn across the
wagon road.
The impetus of the division was by no
means lost, however, for on the morning of
the 2Sth, the 361st Infantry pushed on
through Epinonvillc and captured an or
chard north of it which had caused a great
deal of trouble on the preceding day and
then entered the Bois les Epincttes, whore
the enemy’s machine gun fire was com
batted by machine guns and one-pounders
until afternoon, when another attack car
ried the front into the Bois dc Cierges. On
the left the IS 2nd Brigade, to protect its
left, occupied the Bois dc Boulcaux and
Serieux Farm, in the adjoining sector, then
turned northeast and took Exmorieux Farm,
after, which the 103rd and 104th Infantry
drove on northwest and seized the Bois de
Baulny, Trousol Farm and the slopes de
scending to the Gesnes brook.
Along Eight Kilomeer Front
In consequence of those progressive suc
cesses, the 91st Division states that its
front, normally about two kilometers across
Its sector, was now about eight kilometers
long, extending hack from the spearhead
thrust out south of Gcsnes to make liaison
with tho 3iith Division, southeast of Kxcr
mont, on the left, while, on the right, the
outer Hank of tho 361st Infantry was In the
air in the Bois de Ciergesr but with the
362nd Infantry disposed in echelon behind
it to protect the forward elements.
That night the 362nd passed through the
361st and next morning, reinforced by one
battalion of tho latter and tho 347th Ma
chine Gun Battalion, advanced against a
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terrific Gorman artillery counter-barrage
and machine gun tire, from the front and
the right Hank across the open ridge to
Gosnos, which it took, together with the
ridge north of it.
On the left, the 34Slh Machine Gun Bat
talion, posted south of Tronsol Farm, broke
up around Exermont a large; concentration
of the enemy apparently gathering for a
counter attack. An offensive movement in
that direction by a company of Engineers
then temporarily assured the safety of that
Hank, while further north other troops
broke into the Bois dc Morine.
The advanced position of the front, how
ever, was now so precarious that a line ot
resistance was established extending from
the middle of the Bois dc Rorlcaux, only
strong patrols being left in the country fur
ther north. From September 30 until the
night of October 3-4, the men of the 61st
.Division lay on this line of resistance, con
solidating it under constant heavy fire, the
men burrowing in fox holes in the cold, wet
weather and suffering from diarrhoea caused
by cold food and bad water, until finally re
lieved in the sector by the 32nd Division.
The 35th Division, after its difficult ex
perience of the first day at Varennes and
Cheppy, advanced again at 5:30 a. ni. on
September 27, the advance regiments each
with two battalions in line. On arriving
before the strong point of Charpoiilry, the
attack was cheeked and then forced back
with severe losses and when repeated with
the aid of tanks was again repulsed, there
being at the time only one battalion of ar
tillery up to support it. At 5:30 p.m.,
however, a third attack carried Charpontry
and also Baulny, just beyond which village
the main line dug in, though some units
went as far as Montrebeau Woods before
stopping for the night.
The enemy made a counter-attack next
morning, and after it had been repulsed the
Americans pushed on, the right taking
positions north of Chaulron Farm while the
left cleared the Bois de Montrebeau to its
north edge, despite heavy cross tire from
beyond the Aire.
The strong position of Exennont now lay
in front and preparation were made to
attack it on the morning of September 29,
all the 77mm. batteries of the 12Mh and
129ih Field Artillery Regiments ami one
battalion of the 219th French Regiment,
the loomm. batteries of the 130ib Field
Artillery and the 217th French Regiment,
and the 105 mm. batteries of the -ISsst
French Regiment, preparing for and sup
porting the attack.
Despite this concentration of lire, when
the Infantry went forward at 5.20 next
morning, with two battalions of the l.'lSih
Infantry in front line on the right and two
battalions of the 137th Infantry in lino on
the left, the enemy’s resistance was so bit
ter that the right, after reaching Kxcnnont.
was unable to hold it, while the left was
similarly forced to relinquish posh ions
gained in the ravine to the west of the
village.
The losses had been so heavy that the
attack could not be pushed further at the
time and In the evening a line was con
solidated from the Bois de Boulcaux
through Serieux and Chaudron Farms to
TBsperance, near the Aire. Here two
strong German counter-attacks wore re
pulsed. During the nightof September 3b-
October 1 the 35th Division was relieved by
the Ist Division, having suffered losses of
over 6,100 officers and men.
At noon on the second day of the baMle
the 2Sth Division had pushed its right 500
meters north of Montblainvillo. just west
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of the River Aire, while the left was fur
ther back but slowly struggling ahead along
she edges of the hills and through the
trees and thickets of the Argonnc. where it
was able to keep somewhat in touch with
the Hank of the 77th Division. I Jut the
peculiar tactical situation of the division
made progress so ditlicult on the left that
it was determined to try another method
for getting ahead.
Around Tliioiil'li Itivnr Valley
During the night, the left brigade, the
oOth, loss two battalions of the 111th In
fantry which remained in the old positions,
withdrew from the Argonnc and marched
around through the river valley into the
deep and precipitous ravine which was next
ahead to the northwest. Here, for the
lime, the 50th Brigade was slightly ahead
of the right, and it directly confronted a
high ridge called Le CT.een Tondu, which
was very strongly held by the enemy.
The next morning, September 2S. the
whole line attacked, with tin* result that
by noon the right had taken Apremont,
nearly three kilometers down the valley
from Montblainvillo, while the left was
still held to its position by the intense
machine gun fire from Cher.c Tondu when
ever it attempted to move.
At the same time, both divisions on the
flanks were being held back by stubborn
resistance, so that in effect the 2Sth Divi
sion was gradually swinging diagonally
across its sector, with the oath Infantry
Brigade on the right, projecting a salient,
down the river valley.
An attempt hy the enemy during the
morning to stop the growth of this aslicut
bya counter-attaclc under cover of a ma
chine gun barrage was put down by three
companies of Infantry and live tanks, and
still more ground gained in (he direction
of Chalcl-Chehery, but, on the other hand,
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Zuhe and St. Hubert's I’avilion. After
passing the front lines, organized positions
of the Germans were not encountered for
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do la Naze and thence across a ravine and
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talion of the 30Sth Infantry, with elements
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Title
The stars and stripes (Paris, France), March 21, 1919
Contributor Names
Library of Congress
Place of Publication
Paris, France
Dates of Publication
1918-1919
Created / Published
Paris, France, March 21, 1919
Subject Headings
-  World War (1914-1918)
-  World War, 1914-1918--Periodicals
-  World War, 1914-1918--United States--Periodicals
-  United States
-  1914-1918
-  France--Paris
Genre
Periodicals
Notes
-  Weekly
-  Vol. 1, no. 1 (Feb. 8, 1918)-v. 2, no. 19 (June 13, 1919).
-  "By the Soldiers of the A.E.F. to the People of the United States."
-  Issue for July 12, 1918 called "France Number."
-  Unnumbered special issue published Sept. 28, 1918; Hospital gift edition from American Red Cross published Mar. 7, 1919.
-  Some issues accompanied by supplements.
-  Also issued online.
-  Available on microfilm from Library of Congress Preservation Microfilming Program.
-  Continued by: Stars and stripes (Washington, D.C.), established June 14, 1919.
-  Stars and stripes (Washington, D.C.) (DLC)sn 89071339 (OCoLC)20405528
Medium
8 pages
Call Number/Physical Location
D501 .S7
DS01 .S7
Library of Congress Control Number
20001931
Language
English
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Paris, France
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