Turkish soldiers in the trenches at Gallipoli
February 01, 2013, 3:00pm / 6
Medal of Honor and Croix de Guerre recipient Alvin York photographed with his mother back home in Tennessee, 1919
York received both awards during the 1918 Meuse-Argonne Offensive (or the Battle of Argonne Forest) when he charged a German machine-gun nest own his own, killing 25 Germans and capturing 132 others in two separate forays. A biographical film was produced in 1941, Sergeant York, starring Gary Cooper as York.
February 01, 2013, 2:00pm / 29
Mesue-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, France
Most people have never heard of the Mesue-Argonne, and out of American cemeteries in Europe it is the one least visited by Americans themselves. However, the Meuse-Argonne (commonly referred to as the Battle of Argonne Forest) is perhaps the greatest battle ever fought by Americans.
It is the single bloodiest battle in United States history, out shining anything from the US Civil War or anything from the Second World War. The Battle of Argonne Forest began on 28 September 1918 and only ended when the armistice was declared on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month—11 November 1918.
The American casualties at Meuse-Argonne represented nearly 1/2 of the total US battlefield losses during the war; 120,000 casualties, including 26,000 dead. The cemetery and memorial is 130.5 acres and holds the largest number of American military dead in Europe, a total of 14,246. It is a staggering number, especially when you consider that the US government brought many of their dead home as desired by the families.
February 01, 2013, 12:00pm / 67
A suicide bomber has attacked the US embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara, killing a guard, officials say.
The blast, at a side entrance of the heavily guarded compound, sent debris flying into the street. The US has warned its citizens not to visit diplomatic missions in Turkey until further notice.
February 01, 2013, 11:49am / 19