Near Château-Thierry in Aisne, Hauts-de-France, France
American Aisne-Marne Memorial
This Monument has been erected by the United States of America to commemorate the services of her troops and those of France who fought in this region during the World War. It stands as a lasting symbol of the friendship and cooperation between the French and American Armies.
In late May 1918 the German Army made a surprise attack along the Aisne River and advanced rapidly towards the Marne. Allied reinforcements were hurriedly brought up, including the 2d and 3d American Divisions Which went into position directly across the German line of advance toward Paris. After severe fighting these divisions definitely stopped the attack on their front and the lines stabilized, the German forces having driven a deep salient, roughly defined by Reims, Chateau-Thierry, and Soissons, into Allied territory.
The last great German offensive of the War,
On July 18 the Allied troops began a general counteroffensive against the whole salient in which the 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 26th, 28th, 32d, and 42d American Divisions, most of which served under the I and III American Corps, took a brilliant part. This offense was a complete success and by August 6 the enemy had been driven beyond the Vesle River. Later the 4th, 28th, 32d, and 77th American Divisions and elements of the 3d and 93d played a prominent role in the desperate on and north of the Vesle.
Of the 310,000 American soldiers who fought in these operations, 67,000 were casualties.
Vers la fin mai 1918, l'armée allemande attaque par surprise sur la ligne du Chemin des Dames les Ve et VIe armées français et malgré une résistance acharnée avança rapidement dans la direction de la Marne.
Des renforts alliés et américains furent hâtivement amenés et, après de sévères combats, l’avance ennemie fut arrêtée. Les forces allemandes avaient creuse dans les lignes alliées une poche profonde limitée approximativement
La dernière grande offensive allemande de la guerre, le 15 juillet comprenait une attaque sur le flanc est de cette poche où, après une défense obstinée et quelques pertes de terrain insignifiantes, la ligne du front fut maintenue.
Le 18 juillet une grande contre-offensive fut déclenchée contre le saillant allemand. L’attaque principale fut faite par deux divisions américaines et la 1ere Division Marocaine, composant le 20e Corps de la Xème armée française.
Cette opérations fut entièrement victorieuse l’ennemi devant se retirer au-delà de la Vesle où le combat continua jusqu’au repli allemand sur l’Aisne au début de septembre. Trois cent dix mille soldats américains servaient avec les Ve, VIe, IXe, et Xe armées françaises qui furent engagées dans ces opérations.
Erected 1930 by American Battle Monuments Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 49° 2.517′ N, 3° 22.275′ E. Marker is near Château-Thierry, Hauts-de-France, in Aisne Touch for map. There are large stone markers at the junction of the Monument Access Road and D1003 (see phto #8). Marker is in this post office area: Château-Thierry, Hauts-de-France 02400, France.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American 3rd Division Monument (approx. 2 kilometers away); Belleau Wood Marine Memorial (approx. 6.8 kilometers away); Belleau Wood USMC Operations Map (approx. 6.8 kilometers away); Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #1 (approx. 6.9 kilometers away); Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #2 (approx. 6.9 kilometers away); Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #3 (approx. 6.9 kilometers away); Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #4 (approx. 6.9 kilometers away); Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #5 (approx. 6.9 kilometers away).
More about this marker. The Monument has numerous maps and also has the American Divisions and Corps involved engraved on the eastern side.
Also see . . .
1. American Battle Monuments Commission - Aisne-Marne American Monument. (Submitted on August 12, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee.)
2. Wikipedia - Second Battle of the Marne (Submitted on August 12, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee.)
Categories. • War, World I •
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