Web-Exclusive Preview: Americans in World War I—Verdun, France

posted on February 14, 2018

It was 100 years ago that American soldiers crossed the Atlantic Ocean and went into combat in the trenches of France.

In this web-exclusive video, historian and American Rifleman TV Field Editor Martin K. A. Morgan describes the horror of trench warfare that Doughboys of the American Expeditionary Force would face. It was a nightmare for the infantryman, between the machine guns and high-explosive, quick-firing artillery, the soldiers of the Great War faced death every day. Morgan, standing in shell holes that a century ago resurfaced the face of the earth at Verdun, describes the fierce fighting and the utter destruction of French towns and villages at Fleury. 

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