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The St. Mihiel Salient

 
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A Road Without An End — Thiaucourt The Indian July 1, 1919 on The Rhine
Bernecourt
Liberated Towns Welcome Advance Of Yank Victors
Training at at Harmonville, France
 
Camp du Bois l'Eveque near Maron, France This is a great view of Moron [sic Maron], France, taken while the men were at rest and training. Visible on the road by the river are men, horses and ambulances.
Camp du Bois l'Eveque 24, Aug. '18. Camp du Bois l'Eveque 24, Aug. '18.
Railroad Bridge at Flirey, France 1918 R. R. Bridge demolished by the French. Near Flirey. Taken 18, Sept., '18.
15th Field Artillery at Jaulny, France 15th Field Artillery at Jaulny, France
Burning of Thiaucourt on the afternoon of Sept. 12, 1918. The burning of Thiaucourt on the afternoon of Sept. 12, 1918. Thiaucourt was one of the principal towns in the St. Mihiel salient. It was occupied by the Marine brigade during the reduction of the salient. "The reduction of the St. Mihiel salient," says General Pershing in his final report, "was important, as it would prevent the enemy from interrupting traffic on the Paris-Nancy railroad by artillery fire and would free the railroad leading north through St. Mihiel to Verdun. It would also provide us with an advantageous base of departure for an attack against the Metz-Sedan railroad system which was vital to the German armies west of Verdun, and against the Briey Iron Basin which was necessary for the production of German armament and munitions."
2nd Engineers, 2nd Division, repairing railroad tracks at Bouillonville, France. 2nd Engineers, 2nd Division, repairing railroad tracks at Bouillonville, France.
Wrecked Airplane (Toul) Wrecked Airplane (Toul)
The burning of Thiaucourt on the afternoon of Sept. 12, 1918. The burning of Thiaucourt on the afternoon of Sept. 12, 1918. Thiaucourt was one of the principal towns in the St. Mihiel salient. It was occupied by the Marine brigade during the reduction of the salient. "The reduction of the St. Mihiel salient," says General Pershing in his final report, "was important, as it would prevent the enemy from interrupting traffic on the Paris-Nancy railroad by artillery fire and would free the railroad leading north through St. Mihiel to Verdun. It would also provide us with an advantageous base of departure for an attack against the Metz-Sedan railroad system which was vital to the German armies west of Verdun, and against the Briey Iron Basin which was necessary for the production of German armament and munitions."
Front lines at Limey, France, Sept. 12, 1918. Limey, France, Sept. 12, 1918.
 
Map of the St. Mihiel Salient by the 2nd Engineers Map of the St. Mihiel Salient by the 2nd Engineers
American Operations in The St. Mihiel Region The American Operations in the St. Mihiel Region consisted of fourteen divisions with a total of of approximately 378,000 men.
Map of St. Mihiel Salient

The 2nd Division (Regular Army and Marine) formed the left of the First Corps. It was given the mission of taking the town of Thiaucourt, the capture of which would flank the Germans out of their last positions in the salient and force them to withdraw to the Hindenburg line. More.

Le fort d’Ecrouves ou fort Desaix - FortiffSéré Le fort d’Ecrouves ou fort Desaix - FortiffSéré
 
 
 
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