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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.

(Source: hotelgeek.blogspot.com)

February 01, 2013, 12:00pm / 67

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Serbian women burying the dead after a battle on the Eastern Front, July 1914

Serbian women burying the dead after a battle on the Eastern Front, July 1914

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