AEF performance at the Saint Mihiel salient

Extract from a report by General Wagstaff on the performance of American Expeditionary Force (AEF) troops in the fighting at the Saint Mihiel salient, 16 September 1918.

Between 12 and 16 September 1918, twenty AEF divisions attacked positions held by eight German divisions on the Saint Mihiel salient on the River Meuse. It was the first major American offensive of the First World War, and provided a relatively comfortable and morale-boosting victory. In this report, General Wagstaff, an army officer with the British mission at AEF headquarters, gives a largely favourable account of the AEF's performance against albeit depleted German forces. His only real note of criticism is the 'shocking horsemastership [sic]' of the AEF troops.
Catalogue reference: WO 106/529 (16 Sep 1918)

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