Montsec in Meuse, Grand Est, France
Montsec American Monument
The St. Mihiel Salient
This Monument has been erected by the United States of America to commemorate the capture of the St. Mihiel Salient by the troops of her First Army and to record the services of the American Expeditionary Forces on the battle front in this region and elsewhere in Lorraine and in Alsace. It stands as a lasting symbol of the friendship and cooperation between the French and American Armies
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This is one of eleven monuments erected in Europe by the United States of America to commemorate the services of the American armed forces in World War I. It recalls the achievements of of the more than 550,000 American troops whe were involved in the Saint Mihiel offensive from September 12-16, 1918. The Saint Mihiel offensive was the first operation in World War I carried out by a complete American Army under the independent control of the American Commander-in-Chief.
This hill of Montsec dominates the surrounding territory, which was known during the war as the Saint Mihiel salient. Occupied by the Germans for over four years, the salient was heavily defended, provided excellent observation behind Allied lines, and was strategically crucial to the entire area. The French had made a number of unsuccessful attacks against this veritable fortress in the preceding years.
The overpowering bombardment of hostile positions began at 1 a.m. on September 12. At 5 a.m., the main Infantry attack jumped off in front of here, hidden by a smoke screen placed around this hill. The bombardment on the west face of the salient continued until 8 a.m., when the Infantry attack there commenced. Just after 2 a.m. on September 13, patrols from the two axis of advance met just northeast of Vigneulles. More than 15,000 prisoners and 450 cannons were captured as the salient was finally closed.
The site is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission, an agency of the United States Government. Further information may be obtaned from the superintendent of the Saint Mihiel American Cemetery, locaed near Thiaucourt, where more than 4,000 American World War I dead are buried; including many who perished in this battle.
Erected 1937 by American Battle Monuments Commission.
Location. 48° 53.372′ N, 5° 42.759′ E. Marker is in Montsec, Grand Est, in Meuse. Marker is on Montsec Monument Access Road just west of D12. Touch for map. The World War I Montsec American Monument is located on the isolated hill of Montsec (Thiaucourt), France 12 miles southeast of St. Mihiel American Cemetery and 10 miles east of the town of St. Mihiel. The entrance to the memorial's access road is immediately west of the center of Montsec Village, France. The Montsec Monument, atop the Butte Montsec, is reached via Highways D 12 and D 119 to Montsec, then a road up the hill. Marker is in this post office area: Montsec, Grand Est 55300, France.
More about this marker. The Monument can be seen for many miles since it is located on a high hill overlooking flatlands.
Regarding Montsec American Monument. Although the German Army respected the American Monument during World War II, the American Army damaged the monument with artillery fire during battle actions in the area in 1944-45. This damage was repaired after the war.
The center section of the Monument contains a relief map of the Area of Operations.
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1. American Battle Monuments Commission - Montsec American Monument. The World War I Montsec American Monument is located on the isolated hill of Montsec (Thiaucourt), France. This majestic monument, commemorating the achievements of the American soldiers who fought in this region in 1917 and 1918, dominates the landscape for miles around. It commemorates reduction of the St. Mihiel Salient by the U.S. First Army, September 12-16, 1918, and operations of the U.S. Second Army, November 9-11. It also honors combat services of other U.S. divisions in this region and in Alsace and Lorraine. Names of nearby villages liberated by American troops are carved upon the outside frieze…. (Submitted on August 12, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee.)
2. Wikipedia - Battle of St. Mihiel. (Submitted on August 12, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee.)
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