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Bella Vista in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

World War I

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 31, 2015
1. World War I Marker
Inscription.

'The war to end all wars' began following the assassination of the Archduke of Austria-Hungary in the summer of 1914. Before the summer was over Great Britain, France, Russia, and their allies were at war with Germany, Austria-Hungary, and their allies. Despite its invasion of France, the [C]entral [P]owers were unable to capture Paris; and were forced to entrench north of the Marne River. There followed years of trench warfare which would only end with the cessation of hostilities.

In 1914 most Americans wanted to stay out of the fighting. However, cultural and economic ties with the western European Allies, and anger at Germany's unrestricted submarine warfare brought the United States into the war in April 1917. For a short period of time Americans served as replacements for allied casualties, but General Pershing, who commanded the American Expeditionary Force[s], believed in aggressive combat and felt that three years of trench warfare had made the allies too defensive, changed that protocol. Thereafter American soldiers fought as an independent force.

During May 1918 the Germans launched their spring offensive and smashed to within fifty miles of Paris. The Americans helped stop the German advance at Cantigny, and several weeks later played a major role in throwing back German attacks at Chateau-Thierry and Belleau

World War I Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 31, 2015
2. World War I Marker
Wood. In July and August they helped win the Second Battle of the Marne River. In September the Americans mounted offensives against the enemy at Saint Mihiel, and, in the largest American action at Meuse-Argonne. The Germans requested an Armistice in October. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns fell silent, and the world was at peace.

American Casualties

Deaths 116,515
Wounds 204,002

[Illustration captions read]
Two Down to Glory
The Highest Possible Courage


 
Erected 2012 by the Veterans Council of Northwest Arkansas and Many Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
 
Location. 36° 26.015′ N, 94° 13.79′ W. Marker is in Bella Vista, Arkansas, in Benton County. Touch for map. Marker is at the Veterans Wall of Honor. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 Veterans Way, Bella Vista AR 72714, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The War Between the States (here, next to this marker); War with Spain (here, next to this marker); The Years Between (here, next to this marker); Triumph in Europe (here, next to this marker); Women in World War II
Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR
(here, next to this marker); The Terrible Cost of World War II (here, next to this marker); World War II Home Front (here, next to this marker); Veterans Wall of Honor (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bella Vista.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Great War And the Shaping of the 20th Century (PBS). (Submitted on December 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. World War 1.com. (Submitted on December 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Campaign Atlas to the Great War (USMA). (Submitted on December 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Story of World War I Aviation. (Submitted on December 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Military Resources: World War I (NARA). (Submitted on December 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
6. World War I Resources (US Army Center of Military History). (Submitted on December 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
7. The National World War I Museum & Memorial. (Submitted on December 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
8. Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR
Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR
. (Submitted on January 14, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, World I
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on December 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on November 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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