Vierstraat, West Flanders, Belgium
Kemmel American Monument
27th and 30th U.S. Divisions in the Ypers-Lys Oﬀensive
The 27th and 30th Divisions served with the British Army from the time of their arrival in Europe in May 1918 until the Armistice. After being trained at the front during the summer of 1918, the 30th Division took command of its sector here on August 18th, and the 27th Division on August 23rd.
On August 30th, the Germans started a general withdrawal from the Lys salient to shorten their front line. By August 31st, the Germans had retired from Mount Kemmel. The 27th Division moved forward through the town of Vierstraat that day, while the 30th Division remained in place due to heavy enemy resistance. On September 1st, both Divisions attacked and achieved their objectives. On September 2nd, the 27th Division was able to put its units forward until they had contact with the new German line along its entire length. The 30th Division repulsed an attack in the area of Lankhof farm. The 27th Division was relieved on September 3rd, and the 30th Division on September 4th. They reentered the line about 3 weeks later
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Erected 1929 by American Battle Monuments Commission.
Location. 50° 47.859′ N, 2° 50.949′ E. Marker is in Vierstraat, West Flanders. Marker is on Kemmelstraat (Route N331) 0.3 kilometers west of Vierstraat. Touch for map.
Also see . . .
1. Hundred Days Offensive. (Submitted on August 18, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee.)
2. American Battle Monuments Commission - Kemmel American Monument. (Submitted on August 18, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee.)
Categories. • War, World I •
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