Special Display Marks 100th Anniversary of Meuse-Argonne Offensive
Press Release · Thursday, October 25, 2018

Washington, DC

The National Archives presents a special display of images and maps to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Meuse-Argonne offensive, a historic campaign that helped bring an end to World War I. The display is free and open to the public and will be shown in the East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Museum through October 31, 2018.

The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the largest operation of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during World War I, and the deadliest military campaign in American history. More than one million American soldiers fought—and more than 26,000 of these soldiers were killed—from September 26 until November 11, 1918. The special display features an original map illustrating American advances through rugged terrain to drive the German army out of heavily fortified positions along the Western Front.  

Related Facebook Live!  Thursday, November 8, at 1 pm EST
Go “behind the scenes” with National Archives investigative archivist Mitchell Yockelson to see original records related to the Meuse-Argonne offensive and the World War I armistice agreement.

Related Upcoming Featured Document Display: 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day
East Rotunda Gallery, November 1-28, 2018
In honor of the centennial of the end of World War I, view the original telegram sent by French General Marshall Foch to General John J. Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces. The telegram announced the ceasefire at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" in 1918.

Related App - Remembering WWI
The Remembering WWI iPad and Android app invites users to explore, collaborate, and engage with the Archives’ extensive collection of World War I moving and still images to create thematic collections, lesson plans, and more!

Related Citizen Archivist Project:  “Tales from the Trenches”
Help tag and transcribe moving accounts of World War I combat soldiers and their first experiences in battles.

Related online resources:
National Archives News World War I Centennial topic page includes links to additional programs, events, articles, and other online resources.  

National Archives records relating to the Meuse-Argonne Offensive

Related book talk: Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing's Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I by Investigative Archivist Mitchell Yockelson

The National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, is located on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW. The building is open 10 AM—5:30 PM daily, and is fully accessible. Metro: Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. For upcoming programs, visit the Calendar of Events online:


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