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

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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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