7:30pm, Community Room at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center Lewes History Museum, Lewes.
World War I Discussion to Kick Off Lewes Historical Society 2017-2018 Season September 15
From September 26 to November 11, 1918, a hard-fought battle pitting green, poorly equipped American doughboys against combat-hardened German troops saw the U.S. military come of age in just 47 days in the brutal, devastating clash known as the Battle of the Meuse-Argonne. In that short period, Americans pushed back the enemy and forced the Germans to surrender, bringing the First World War to an end—a feat the British and the French had not achieved after more than three years of fighting.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into the Great War, Historian Dr. Mitch Yockelson will tell the story of the cast of remarkable individuals who fought in the forty-seven day long Meuse-Argonne battle, including America’s original fighter ace, Eddie Rickenbacker; Corporal Alvin York, a pacifist who nevertheless single-handedly killed more than 20 Germans and captured 132; artillery officer and future president Harry S. Truman; innovative tank commander George S. Patton; Douglas MacArthur, the Great War’s most decorated soldier.
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