St Mihiel 1918: The American Expeditionary Forces' trial by fire

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The St Mihiel salient had been formed in 1914 as the Germans drove towards Paris. The French had attempted to recapture it in 1915 without success and in 1916 the Germans used the area as a base to attack Verdun. The bitter battle for Verdun had cost hundreds of thousands of German and French casualties. After the Germans called off their attack the salient the war shifted north, leaving the salient protruding ominously into the Allied lines. Despite holding the salient since 1914, after the losses of early 1918,...
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Overview

The St Mihiel salient had been formed in 1914 as the Germans drove towards Paris. The French had attempted to recapture it in 1915 without success and in 1916 the Germans used the area as a base to attack Verdun. The bitter battle for Verdun had cost hundreds of thousands of German and French casualties. After the Germans called off their attack the salient the war shifted north, leaving the salient protruding ominously into the Allied lines. Despite holding the salient since 1914, after the losses of early 1918, Ludendorff reluctantly decided to abandon the area and retire to a heavily fortified line at the base of the salient. The evacuation was ordered to begin on September 8, 1918. This was to be the scene for the newly formed American Army's first major offensive of the war. This highly illustrated and detailed account will highlight every aspect of this important campaign.
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"It is a fascinating account of this important battle and quite detailed in terms of the build-up and unit movements during the short campaign. This book is superbly illustrated by Howard Gerrard and contains a goodly number of period photos... In all, a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading and I am sure you will as well."
- Scott Van Aken, Modelling Madness

"The opposing forces and commanders as well as the flow of the offensive and its aftermath are detailed by David Bonk in St Mihiel 1918: The American Expeditionary Force’s Trial by Fire. This 96-page paperback is packed with black and white photographs, maps, and illustrations, including evocative color plates by Howard Gerrard.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849083911
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 775,696
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bonk is a lifelong student of military history and historical miniatures wargamer. He has written for various wargaming publications, including the Midwest Wargamer Magazine and the SAGA newsletter, as well as Osprey Military Journal. He is a member of the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society and served 6 years on the Board of Directors for that organization. Over the past several years he has become interested in the history of the American involvement in World War I and has been wargaming this period for some time. He lives in North Carolina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Very good book on the united states in wwi. Nice to go to a different period than the same wwii.

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