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|Plan of Meuse-Argonne operations, September 26, 1918. Copy of map prepared under direction of chief of Staff, First Army, showing divisions on front line: (Right) III. Corps. (A) 33rd Division, (B) 80th Division, (C) 4th Division; (Center) V Corps, (E) 79th Division, (F) 37th Division, (G) 91st Division; (Left) I. Corps, (I) 35th Division, (J) 28th Division, (K) 77th Division.||Ruins of cathedral, Beaumont.|
|September 25, 1918|
10:59 P.M. All quiet.
11 P.M. Four thousand gunsstanding hub to hubopen the world's greatest artillery bombardment. The earth trembles for miles. The firerce, roaring, barking, vibrant thunder grows in intensity. The sky slobbers a ghastly red. Huge hills literally topple over and those who lived therein, live no more.
5:30 A.M. The Rolling Barrage. Seventy-three tanks tear holes in the barbed wire already wrecked by the artillery. The infantry, with a rifle strength of 108,000, jumps off. In the tense darkness, they crawl among the dead and the dying. Shells are whistling and bursting. Machine guns are spitting. It is a test for any man. Five hundred planes overhead keep back the enemy airmen and assist the infantry. The gates of hell seem to have opened.