On the Battlefield

General John. J. Pershing organized and led the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) In Europe. The AEF grew to over 2 million doughboys and fought in several Western Front battles: Cantigny, Belleau Wood, Chateau Thierry, St. Mihiel, and the Meuse-Argonne. Pershing also deployed AEF troops to North Russia and Siberia.


Soldier of the 63rd. Regt. Inf. camouflaged and dug in a concealed rifle pit with his rapid fire new model French Chauchat rifle

The irrepressible Australians at Anzac. An Australian bringing in a wounded comrade to hospital. Dardanelles Campaign, circa 1915

Machine gun set up in railroad shop. Company A, Ninth Machine Gun Battalion. Chteau Thierry, France.

American troops going forward to the battle line in the Forest of Argonne. France, September 26, 1918.




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