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Montsec in Meuse Département, Lorraine, France
 

Montsec American Monument

The St. Mihiel Salient

 
 
Montsec American Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 24, 2015
1. Montsec American Monument Marker
Inscription.
(Main Panel:)
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

(Side Panel #1:)
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
Side Panel #1 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 24, 2015
2. Side Panel #1
successful attack on this site was carried out by over 550,000 American and 110,000 French soldiers. The air force concentrated for the battle, 1,481 airplanes, was the largest ever brought together at that time and consisted mainly of British and French planes. The Army had about 400 French tanks (144 were manned by Americans), 3,000 pieces of artillery, and over 3,300,000 rounds of ammunition. The opposing force was composed of eight divisions and two brigades in line and five divisions in reserve.

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.

(French Translation
Montsec American Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 24, 2015
3. Montsec American Monument
is to the right in Photo #2)

 
Erected 1937 by American Battle Monuments Commission.
 
Location. 48° 53.372′ N, 5° 42.759′ E. Marker is in Montsec, Lorraine, in Meuse Département. 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, Lorraine 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
View to South from Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 24, 2015
4. View to South from Monument
Operations.
 
Also see . . .
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.)
 
Categories. War, World I
 
Montsec American Monument from Northwest image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 24, 2015
5. Montsec American Monument from Northwest
View to Southwest from Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 24, 2015
6. View to Southwest from Monument
View to West from Monument image. Click for full size.
By Michael Manning, June 24, 2015
7. View to West from Monument
<i>Montsec im Schee, Januar 1915</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by F. Fishcher, 1915
8. Montsec im Schee, Januar 1915
Montsec in snow, January 1915. Postcard printed during the German occupation.
Military Logo of the 90th Division - T(exas) & O(klahoma) image. Click for full size.
circa 1918
9. Military Logo of the 90th Division - T(exas) & O(klahoma)
The 90th Division was part of the I Corps of the US First Army, and took part on the assault on Mont Sec in September, 1918.
<i>Env. de Commercy - Montsec       Monument Americain</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1939
10. Env. de Commercy - Montsec       Monument Americain
The Commercy Area - Montsec     The American Monument
(Click on photo to enlarge.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 11, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee.   8, 9, 10. submitted on August 12, 2015. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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