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Collapse at Meuse-Argonne: The Failure of the Missouri-Kansas Division

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During World War I, the Thirty-fifth Division was made up of National Guard units from Missouri and Kansas. Composed of thousands of men from the two states, the Missouri-Kansas Division entered the great battle of the Meuse-Argonne with no battle experience and only a small amount of training, a few weeks of garrisoning in a quiet sector in Alsace. The division fell apart in five days, and the question Robert Ferrell attempts to answer is why.

The Thirty-fifth Division was based at Camp Doniphan on the Fort Sill reservation in Oklahoma and was trained essentially for stationary, or trench, warfare. In March 1918, the German army launched a series of offensives that nearly turned the tide on the Western Front. The tactics were those of open warfare, quick penetrations by massive forces, backed by heavy artillery and machine guns. The American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) commanded by Gen. John J. Pershing were unprepared for this change in tactics. When the Thirty-fifth Division was placed in the opening attack in the Meuse-Argonne on September 26, 1918, it quickly fell.

In addition to the Thirty-fifth Division’s lack of experience, its problems were compounded by the necessary confusions of turning National Guard units into a modern assemblage of men and machines. Although the U.S. Army utilized observers during the initial years of World War I, their dispatches had piled up in the War College offices in Washington and, unfortunately, were never studied.

The Thirty-fifth Division was also under the command of an incompetent major general and an incompetent artillery brigadier. The result was a debacle in five days, with the division line pushed backward and held only by the 110th Engineer Regiment of twelve hundred men, bolstered by what retreating men could be shoved into the line, some of them at gunpoint.

Although three divisions got into trouble at the outset of the Meuse-Argonne, the Thirty-fifth’s failure was the worst. After the collapse, the Red Cross representative of the division, Henry J. Allen, became governor of Kansas and instigated investigations by both houses of Congress. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker testified in an effort to limit the political damage. But the hullabaloo gradually died down, and the whole sad episode passed into the darker corridors of history.

By focusing on a single event in history, Collapse at Meuse-Argonne offers a unique glimpse into one of the most critical battles of World War I. Historians, as well as the general reader, will find this new perspective on what really happened to the Thirty-fifth Division fascinating.

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Ferrell (history, emeritus, Indiana U.) traces the many causes leading to the collapse of the 35th Division at the battle of Meuse-Argonne in World War I. The Division was composed of National Guardsmen from Kansas and Missouri, who entered the battle with little training and no resources with which to respond to the enemy's unexpected tactics. After examining all the circumstances surrounding this event, Ferrell makes recommendations for today's military.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

 

Robert H. Ferrell is Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including A Youth in the Meuse-Argonne: A Memoir, 1917–1918 by William S. Triplet; Harry S. Truman: A Life; and The Dying President: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1944–1945, all available from the University of Missouri Press. Ferrell resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826215321
Author:
Ferrell, Robert H.
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Author:
Ferrell, Robert
Location:
Columbia
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military - World War I
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Argonne, Battle of the, France, 1918
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918 -- Regimental histories.
Subject:
Military-US Military General
Edition Description:
Other (Undefined)
Series Volume:
2002/012
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 illus
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 18 up to 100

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