To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918 The Epic Battle That Ended the First World War

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Macmillan, Jan 8, 2008 - History - 491 pages
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The authoritative, dramatic, and previously untold story of the bloodiest battle in American history: the epic fight for the Meuse-Argonne in World War I
 
On September 26, 1918, more than one million American soldiers prepared to assault the German-held Meuse-Argonne region of France. Their commander, General John J. Pershing, believed in the superiority of American "guts" over barbed wire, machine guns, massed artillery, and poison gas. In thirty-six hours, he said, the Doughboys would crack the German defenses and open the road to Berlin. Six weeks later, after savage fighting across swamps, forests, towns, and rugged hills, the battle finally ended with the signing of the armistice that concluded the First World War. The Meuse-Argonne had fallen, at the cost of more than 120,000 American casualties, including 26,000 dead. In the bloodiest battle the country had ever seen, an entire generation of young Americans had been transformed forever. To Conquer Hell is gripping in its accounts of combat, studded with portraits of remarkable soldiers like Pershing, Harry Truman, George Patton, and Alvin York, and authoritative in presenting the big picture. It is military history of the first rank and, incredibly, the first in-depth account of this fascinating and important battle.
  

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Review: To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918

User Review  - Burton Yale Yale - Goodreads

Terrific. Excruciatingly researched, well-written and carefully focused. Must reading for an understanding of America's role in WWI -- and how America's contribution was essential to the defeat of Germany. Read full review

Review: To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918

User Review  - Nooilforpacifists - Goodreads

A good book, but it could have been far better. Endless repetition of the same stock phrases ("the attacked jumped off at 5:00am) make one thrust indistinguishable from another. This is amplified by ... Read full review

Contents

LIST OF MAPS
1
CHAPTER
11
chapter 2
21
chapter 3
30
The Western Front 1918
42
CHAPTER 8
85
Central MeuseArgonne
87
CHAPTER 9
125
chapter 5
235
chapter 6
247
PHASE THREE OCTOBER 711
255
CHAPTER 18
275
Heights of Cunel and Romagne 319
282
chapter 19
283
chapter 20
298
chapter 21
305

CHAPTER 10
147
CHAPTER 11
161
NOTES
168
CHAPTER 12
186
chapter 4
194
Western MeuseArgonne
196
chapter 14
221
The Lost Battalion
225
PHASE FOUR OCTOBER 1215
317
Breakthrough
387
chapter 7
444
VICTORY NOVEMBER 111
456
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
459
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
473
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Edward G. Lengel is an associate professor of history at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several books on military history, including General George Washington: A Military Life. A recipient, with the Papers of George Washington documentary editing project, of the National Humanities Medal, he has made frequent appearances on television documentaries and was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize.

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