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World War I Soldier 1 World War I Soldier HIS/120 Sep 26, 2015
World War I Soldier 2 It was the year 1918 and the most pinnacle moment of the World War. The Second Battle of Marne was an extraordinary victory for the United States. Americans took the war by surprise; not having fought for so long and being so new gave them the edge. Our spirits were high and we were motivated to make the difference. This all took place around July 15, 1918, which turned out to be the final year of the war [ CITATION Sec \l 1033 ]. Erich Ludendorff a German Chief-of-Staff, was sure that he could overcome Americans by attacking us in Flanders. He had his mind set to receive allied forces from Belgium to the Marne to launch his enormous diversionary attack. This was in attempt of a preparatory renewed offensive strive to move further North. After the second Marne attack was launched preceding a prior attempt to push in the direction of Paris. This helped in the retaking of the Chemin des Dames ridge en route, a very notable stance held by Germans in 1914 that was lost by the French in 1917. The Germans did not succeed in their efforts to break through, Ferdinand Foch. On July 20 th the Germans ordered a retreat. The result of the 2 nd Battle of Marne was disaster for the Germans. Ludendorff’s planned Flanders offensive was postponed and then cancelled [ CITATION Joh97 \l 1033 ]. This was the end and no further actions were taken by the Germans. Americans were armed with great technology at the time. The use of improvised weapons for trench warfare was also a great factor in the victories of grounds gained during the war. Some of the weapons that were primarily used were: grenades, poison gas, submarines, warplanes and tanks. Infantry weapons use by large forces to forge forward were bolt action rifles that fired ten or more rounds per minute. The Germans usually carried a 7.92mm Gewehr

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