|Hill which was strongly defended by the Germans.||German positions in Meuse-Argonne Sector, prepared by Chief of Staff, First Army.|
And some lived.
How anyone could have lived through that barrage, God alone knows. But many did. Out of their dugouts they cameto fight as German veterans fightalways doing the unusuallurking behind a bushhidden in an old stumpalways somewhere unexpected. Every foot of ground was disputed and yielded only for a terrific price. They met steel with steelfire with fire. It was eye for eye, and life for life. For forty-seven days the battle raged, unabated. Boys reached the pinnacles of gloryboys went screaming into eternityboys died like men. Twenty-nine combat divisions did the bulk of the fighting. One million two hundred thousand American troops participated. One hundred twenty thousand casualties was America's sacrifice. Such was te Argonne.