"BOMY – AMERICANS IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING" Bomy by mtncorg

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As American troops began to come ashore in France in late 1917 and 1918, pressure built up on American commander, General John Pershing, to use Americans as replacements for existing French and British units. Politically, Pershing saw this as nonsense. If America was going to spend so much capital – human and monetary – then America should emerge from the conflict with something credible like an American army. The French were somewhat understanding of his situation, but the British were simply obtuse. Be that as it may, the Allies were put in desperate straits by the German offensives of spring 1918. Pershing grudgingly split off some American units to help plug holes that his Allies could not – with the understanding that they would be returned for solely American operations in an American army in the near future when the emergency was over. To quiet the British, American units served in the British zones and the largest units were those of the American 2nd Corps which consisted of the 27th and 30th Infantry Divisions. Fighting alongside British and Australians during September 1918, they helped in the breach of the Hindenburg Line near Riqueval, leaving the Germans reeling backwards in retreat.

America’s memory of WWI is hazy at best now. If people know anything about US participation in the war, they might know something of the Meuse-Argonne, Sergeant York or the Marines at Belleau Wood. But here on the plains of Picardy, Americans also fought – there were over 13,500 casualties; the 107th regiment of the 27th Division lost 995 casualties in the first day one day which was the highest one-day regimental loss for the US in the entire war – and they showed courage – 19 Medals of Honor were won here with the 27th Division winning more than any other American division.

  • Last visit to Bomy: May 2009
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