New England in France, 1917-1919: A History of the Twenty-sixth Division, U. S. A.

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Houghton Mifflin, 1920 - World War, 1914-1918 - 325 pages
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Page 115 - Every position must be held to the last man; there must be no retirement. With our backs to the wall, and believing in the justice of our cause, each one of us must fight on to the- end. The safety of our homes and the freedom of mankind depend alike upon the conduct of each one of us at this critical moment.
Page 304 - Blow, trumpets, all your exultations blow! For never shall their aureoled presence lack: I see them muster in a gleaming row, With ever-youthful brows that nobler show; We find in our dull road their shining track; In every nobler mood We feel the orient of their spirit glow, Part of our life's unalterable good, Of all our saintlier aspiration...
Page 233 - Meuse; have foully murdered three hostages from Mouilly; have shelled Rupt; and on July 23, 1915, forced its inhabitants to scatter to the four corners of France. I, who remain at my little...
Page 233 - I, who remain at my little listening-post upon the advice of my Bishop, feel certain, Sir, that I do but speak for Monseigneur Ginisty, Lord Bishop of Verdun, my parishioners of Rupt, Mouilly and Genicourt, and the people of this vicinity, in conveying to you and your associates the heartfelt and unforgettable gratitude of all. Several of your comrades lie at rest in our truly Christian and French soil. Their ashes shall be cared for as if they were our own.
Page 278 - In a few hours, as at a maneuver, it has gained all the objectives assigned it in the difficult sector of the Woods of Houppy, Etrayes and Belleau. This operation is evidence, indeed, of superior instruction, mobility and will. I do not know how to thank you sufficiently for your assistance, dear General, and it is my great desire to express to you all our grateful admiration for your splendid division which thus has added its name to all of those who have fought to hurl the enemy back from the outskirts...
Page 243 - It la on the unconquerable resistance of the Verdun front that depends the fate of a great part of the western front, perhaps even of our nation. The Fatherland must rest assured that every commander and every man realizes the greatness of his mission and that he will do his duty to the very end. If they do this, the enemy's attack will, as heretofore, break against our firm will to hold.
Page 241 - Division certainly deceived the enemy as to our intentions; the losses suffered by the troops taking part in this operation were fairly severe but there is no doubt that those suffered by the Germans were much more serious. The spirit of sacrifice and magnificent courage displayed by the troops of the Twenty-Sixth United States Division on this occasion were certainly not in vain. They seem to me worthy of recompense and praise.
Page 263 - Artillery Brigade toward his duty, toward the Yankee Division and toward the Division commander, has been fine. 3. The record of the Fifty-First Artillery Brigade in the second battle of the Marne is glorious. It went with, supported and protected the infantry in its advance of...
Page 185 - Petret Wood, still strongly occupied by the Germans. There was hard fighting on the part of the French troops on the left to annihilate the resistance of the enemy. In order to relieve them the Americans on the evening of the 20th made an enveloping manoeuvre which was crowned with success.
Page 185 - Bouresches, and it wanted to distinguish itself as well as those elite troops. But the divisions placed at the pivot have to advance slowly, according to the progress made by the wings. On the very first day it was necessary to moderate the ardor of the Americans, who would willingly have gone farther than the first objectives. Indeed, at the signal of the attack, the American troops went with perfect discipline, in rear of the artillery barrage, to the Torcy-Belleau-Givry line, and the railroad...

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