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keywords: wwi, france, meuse-argonne offensive, battle of the argonne forest
Synopsis: Unedited footage of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive also called the Battle of the Argonne Forest filmed under actual combat conditions in WWI France and was one of the final Allied offensives of the Great War...(read more)
- Date: 1918
- Duration: 00:08:18
- Sound: No
- Color: Monochrome
- Type: Public Domain
- Language: English
- Location: France
Unedited footage of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, also called Battle of the Argonne Forest, was one of the final American Expeditionary Force AEF offensives that stretched along the entire Western Front during WWI. It was fought from September 26, 1918, until the Armistice November 11, 1918. This proved to be the greatest American battle of World War I
The objective of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive by American Expeditionary Force AEF was the capture of the southern line railroad hub at Sedan France, part of a rail network supporting the German Army. Trucks and troops move along a road. Troops wait in trenches for zero hour. Field artillery guns are loaded and fired. Railway gun or railroad gun is fired. Shows machine gun firing. Troops advance through open country under German artillery fire. A Renault F-17 light tank advancing and firing tank gun. A Bofors 37 mm anti-tank gun, called 37's, used against machine guns.
In three days the American AEF troops had smashed through the first two enemy defense systems. Wounded soldier carried on litter. Desolate battlefield landscape scarred by battle. A column of soldiers march along rough terrain. Prisoners carry wounded on litter. Soldier reads letter. U.S. Army General John Pershing decorates US Soldiers.
Supplies and troops being brought up to front line for second and final phase of battle plan. CU of artillery guns firing, CU of machine gun firing. American artillery at the top of the slope comes under shell fire.
American troops continue to press on along a road, past burning rubble, and through damaged villages finally reaching the railway hub near Sedan, France after 47 days of fighting.