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Château-Thierry American Monument

02400 Château-Thierry, France
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Seeing Where WWI began for the Americans Château Thierry  France

Seeing Where WWI began for the Americans

In the spring of 1918, Germans forces were confident they could win the War with a final push into Western France.

Never mind the inexperienced American farm boys who had just arrived on the scene.

I rented a car at Charles de Gaulle and drove 62 miles northeast of Paris to see where fresh American troops joined the war-weary French.

In the center of the monument stand two muscular, allegorical women holding hands.

I stood under the women surveying a now peaceful valley of gold rapeseed and pastures dotted with creamy-white cows.

While French and Americans engage in the occasional spat now and again, I couldn't help but think that the respect earned when Americans helped drive the German forces back a Chateau-Thierry had irrevocably joined our fate, like the two giant muscular women above me.