World War One Road Trip
Collected by Christopher Bartholomew
Rue d'Amérique, 55270 Montfaucon-d'Argonne, France
I stumbled upon the Montfaucon American Monument while trying to find the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery ( which is about 10 miles down the road). In the year 567 a monk, St. Balderic, said he was guided to the hill where the monument now stands...
55300 Montsec, France
Along the Mall in Washington D.C. a national monument and memorial to World War I is ominously missing. I'd always felt bad about this until I crested an isolated hill above the village of Montsec and saw a stunning Doric temple rising above the...
02400 Bouresches, France
1,060 soldiers were never recovered after the first major American engagement in World War I. A chapel at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery commemorates the unknown as well as the 2,289 who lost their lives durring the battle. The names of the...
02400 Château-Thierry, France
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...
55110 Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France
Usually in France I experience a loss for words when trying to access high school French vocabulary; but as I surveyed 14,246 headstones of World War I soldiers buried in a tranquil valley in Northeastern France, I was speechless. My great grandpa...
2 bis rue Henri Poulet, 54470 Thiaucourt-Regniéville, France
I got to the St. Mihiel American Cemetery just before closing. A rain storm had just broken and the memorial's white marble crosses and Davidic stars glowed with evening light. Central powers who had threatened to capture Paris since 1914, where...
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