morning of July 18, 1918, French and American
forces between Fontenoy and Chateau Thierry,
France, launched an assault on German positions.
One of the first major actions undertaken by the
American Expeditionary Force (AEF) took the
Germans completely by surprise because the troops
began their advance without a preparatory
artillery bombardment, and ended with a decisive
victory for the French and Americans.
Artillery of the U.S. Third
Division pounded German positions as the ground
troops advanced behind it. The effects of that
artillery can be seen here.
American and French
soldiers look over the town of Chateau Thierry
after the battle.
Thomas H. Russell America's
War for Humanity: Pictorial History of the World
War for Liberty Chicago: Homewood