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To conquer hell : the Meuse-Argonne, 1918

Author: Edward G Lengel; John Giblin; U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
Publisher: Carlisle Barracks, PA : U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 2009.
Series: Brooks E. Kleber memorial readings in military history
Edition/Format:   eVideo : National government publication : English
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On September 26, 1918, more than one million American soldiers prepared to assault the German-held Meuse-Argonne region of France. Their commander, General John J. Pershing, believed in the superiority of American "guts" over barbed wire, machine guns, massed artillery, and poison gas. In thirty-six hours, he said, the Doughboys would crack the German defenses and open the road to Berlin. Six weeks later, after  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Edward G Lengel; John Giblin; U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
OCLC Number: 496284475
Notes: Lecture held February 5, 2009 in Ridgway Hall, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
Title from title frames (viewed on January 8, 2010).
Presentation based on: To conquer hell : the Meuse-Argonne, 1918, by Edward G. Lengel.
Performer(s): Presenter, Edward G. Lengel ; introduced by Jack Giblin.
Description: 1 streaming video file (79 min.) : digital, WMV file
Details: Mode of access: Internet from U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center web site. Windows Media Player required.
Series Title: Brooks E. Kleber memorial readings in military history
Responsibility: Edward G. Lengel.

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On September 26, 1918, more than one million American soldiers prepared to assault the German-held Meuse-Argonne region of France. Their commander, General John J. Pershing, believed in the superiority of American "guts" over barbed wire, machine guns, massed artillery, and poison gas. In thirty-six hours, he said, the Doughboys would crack the German defenses and open the road to Berlin. Six weeks later, after savage fighting across swamps, forests, towns, and rugged hills, the battle finally ended with the signing of the armistice that concluded the First World War. The Meuse-Argonne had fallen, at the cost of more than 120,000 American casualties, including 26,000 dead. In the bloodiest battle the country had ever seen, an entire generation of young Americans had been transformed forever. To Conquer Hell is gripping in its accounts of combat, studded with portraits of remarkable soldiers like Pershing, Harry Truman, George Patton, and Alvin York, and authoritative in presenting the big picture. It is military history of the first rank and, incredibly, the first in-depth account of this fascinating and important battle.

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