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Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps
Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps

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THE BATTLES OF ST MIHIEL 1914 & 1918 - SUMMARY

 

The two battles of St Mihiel are 4 years apart. On 20 September 1914 the Germans launched an attack from Metz that was designed to outflank the fortress of Verdun from the south. Although they crossed the Meuse at St Mihiel and held the town they were unable to advance any further. However they occupied a triangular salient from Les Eparges in the west below Verdun, via St Mihiel in the south, to Pont a Mousson below Metz in the east, and it remained in German hands until retaken by the Americans four years later.

The second battle opened on 12 September 1918 when the American 1st Army under General 'Black Jack' Pershing carried out its first offensive. More than half a million Americans supported by some 110,000 French attacked and within 36 hours reduced the German St Mihiel Salient. American losses were about 7,000, German 20,000.

 

This is the sort of very brief summary that precedes each of the 27 different battles covered in our two books Western Front - North, and Western Front - South. A more detailed description follows in the books with a point to point battlefield tour as well as up to date photographs.

 

HOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BATTLES

This battle is described in Western Front - South. Please click here to go to details of the guide book in which the Battles of St Mihiel are described