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Thursday, April 24, 2008

NARA: WWI June 2008

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the National Archives. Please address all inquiries to

April 24, 2008

Noontime Programs at the National Archives in June 2008

Washington, DC. . . The National Archives will present two World War I-related noontime programs in June. These events are free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall, and is fully accessible. Please use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.

To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918
Wednesday, June 4, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

In his latest book, To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argone, 1918, author Edward G. Lengel fills a void in World War I historiography by providing a detailed account of this important battle. The Meuse-Argonne offensive, the last battle of the Great War and the bloodiest the United States had ever seen, led to the armistice between the victorious Allied forces and the defeated German army. No single battle in American military history has ever approached the Meuse-Argonne in size and human cost, and Lengel maintains that it was the country's most critical military contribution to the Allied cause in the First World War. A book signing will follow the program.

Borrowed Soldiers: Americans Under British Command, 1918
Wednesday, June 11, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

In his book Borrowed Soldiers: Americans Under British Command, 1918, archivist and educator Mitchell A. Yockelson delivers a comprehensive study of the first time American and British soldiers fought together as a coalition force. The combined British Expeditionary Force and American II Corps successfully pierced the Hindenburg Line during the Hundred Days Campaign of World War I. Yockelson follows the two divisions that comprised the American II Corps from the training camps of South Carolina to the bloody battlefields of Europe and shows how the combined British and American forces contributed to the Allied victory. A book
signing and reception will follow the program.


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