Lafayette, we are here! by Zach Timmons
says: what if the Imperial German Army had defeated Blackjack Pershing's
American Divisions at Belleau Wood? Please note that the opinions expressed
in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
On June 27th, 1917:
the first American troops arrive in France, at the Atlantic port of
Saint-Nazaire. The Americans were derided by the veteran Brits and French as
being too unexperienced, and General John J. Pershing (pictured), the
commander of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), put his troops through
a strict training program for the next four months.
However, when the first American troops entered into
combat on the Western Front in late October, they took heavy casualties from
German attacks. This worried the Allied high command, who feared a disaster
in the spring when the Germans would likely launch a massive offensive.
This was realized on March 21, 1918, when the Germans launched Operation
Michael, the beginning of their Spring Offensive. They initially attacked
the railway junction at Amiens, capturing it after taking heavy casualties
from British troops. The Germans then launched Operation Georgette, their
drive to seize the Channel ports of Calais, Boulogne, and Dunkirk, on April
4. Although they suffered large losses here as well, by April 12 the Germans
were in posession of Boulogne, thereby cutting off the other two major ports
to the north.
This was a huge blow to the Allies, as a large number of their munitions and
other supplies came in from Britain through these ports. On March 27, the
Germans launched Operation Blucher-Yorck, an assault towards Paris, between
Soissons and Reims. This was a huge success, with almost the entire Allied
The Germans were almost in Paris by June 1 when they encountered the
American 2nd and 3rd Divisions at the Belleau Wood. In an extremely vicious
and bloody battle, the Germans forced the US Marines in the wood to retreat,
one of the few in the Marines' history. By June 4 the Germans were on the
outskirts of Paris and were firing artillery on targets throughout the city.
Although the Germans had by this point suffered extreme casualties during
the offensive, they were determined to take Paris and drove into the city on
June 8, marching down the Champs-Elysees.
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