World War I, Chateau-Thierry, France


CHATEAU-THIERRY – Le Pont – Entrée Rue Carnot
[The bridge & entrance to Rue Carnot]
c.1918
Publisher: Phototypie Baudiniere

Google Street View.

The village of Chateau-Thierry has lived through centuries of history, and German and AEF soldiers helped reclaim it from the ruins of World War I. In February 1919, the guns that echoed across the River Marne and shells that shattered the wooden rooftops and walls of Chateau-Thierry had been silent for eight months. The optimism of peace lured Chateau-Thierry residents back from hiding to rebuild their homes and lives despite the winter cold. The guns of war had scattered the survivors, but they were slowly gathering and returning. A hotel, hastily but thoroughly rebuilt, awaited American pilgrims. In February 1919, the Great War had been over for three months, since the Armistice of November 11, 1918.
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Chateau-Thierry gained another measure of fame when in May through July of 1918, the French and American armies successfully halted the German Spring Offensive and drive toward Paris, only fifty miles away. The Germans bombarded Chateau- Thierry, giving it the distinction of being the farthest point of their Army’s 1918 offensive.The Allied Expeditionary Forces under General John J. “Back Jack” Pershing saw some of its first European action at Chateau Thierry. On May 27, 1918, the Germans attacked the Allied Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front and by May 30, 1918, German troops were shelling Chateau-Thierry. The American and French soldiers prevented the Germans from crossing the Marne River, decisively checking the German offensive. Thousands of young French, British, German, and American soldiers fell at Chateau-Thierry and the Marne and many Allied soldiers are buried near the Marne battlefields just west of Chateau-Thierry.
Windows to World History


CHATEAU-THIERRY – Rue Carnot
[Carnot Street]
c.1918
Publisher: Phototypie Baudiniere


CHATEAU-THIERRY – Place de l’Hôtel de Ville
Town-Hall Place
c.1918
Publisher: Phototypie Baudiniere

Google Street View (approximate).


CHATEAU-THIERRY – Ruines du Quartier de l’Hôtel de Vill
Town Hall Quarter Ruins
c.1918
Publisher: Phototypie Baudiniere

Google Street View.

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