To Conquer Hell

To Conquer Hell

The Meuse-Argonne, 1918

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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.
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805079319
0805079319
Characteristics: xiv, 491 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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Jul 24, 2017

The Meuse-Argonne was the largest single battle fought by Americans ever, and bar none the bloodiest, but no complete modern histories have been written chronicling the experience of more than a million "Doughboys" who fought and died here to bring World War I to a close.
Sgt. York, the "Lost Battalion," General Pershing, and a young George S. Patton and Harry Truman are among the many indelible characters peopling Lengel's tale, which is positively studded with first-hand accounts and diary entries covering 47 days of horrific fighting on the Western Front.

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