Grave of an American soldier - Oise Aisne American Cemetery at Seringes-et-Nesles

The Western Front stretched from the English Channel to Switzerland. By 1917, the 700 km of terrain between these two landmarks had been pulverized by three years of war. America had been affected by having its ships sunk, but had been spared the devastation and tremendous loss of life experienced on the ground in Europe. But on April 4, 1917, America declared war and began mobilizing troops to engage in the ‘war to end all wars’

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Americans on the Western Front – 100 Years After The Guns Fell Silent