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What Do Pennsylvania and Germany Have in Common?

Neither Germany nor Pennsylvania really cares about their war dead. I suppose I could have named this post “Pennsylvania Government to World War I Veterans and War Dead: Screw You on Memorial Day” I have stated my cynicism about governments ability to even do the most basic things right, and …

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3rd Infantry at the Meuse Argonne

The 3rd Infantry Division (3rd ID) had held at the 2nd Battle of the Marne and blunted the German offensive.   A blunted German Army was not a defeated Army.   The German High Command could see the impact the Americans were having as the Allies went on the offensive and feared …

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World War I German Cemetery

While we began to explore the 3rd Infantry Division’s battlefield at the Meuse Argonne, to the east of the Madeline Farm, we discovered a German cemetery from World War I. According to the markers below, 979 soldiers are buried here.  The graves are two persons per marker:   Notice the …

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A Rare Battlefield Marker

If one goes anywhere on the east-coast where any kind of battle of any note has taken place, there is usually some kind of roadside marker.  In France, there are almost none.  This exception looks like a marker created by someone affiliated with the 5th Infantry Division. Jen and I …

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The American Cemetery at Meuse-Argonne

When Jen and I rolled into the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery, I expected that we would be staying for  just a few a minutes and then move on. The few minutes turned into 90 minutes.  This is not a political blog but people who know me know I have low confidence in …

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What is a Thür, and why should you care? Well you probably shouldn’t. One of my goals for this trip to Europe is touching base with my Grandfather’s participation in The Great War, World War I. After the Armistice, the “draftee” portions of the US Army, The National Army and …

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