Twenty-third Infantry on review, U.S. sector on the Rhine - Germany


Title

Twenty-third Infantry on review, U.S. sector on the Rhine - Germany

Alternative Title

Infantry on review in Rhine sector

Description

This is the famous 23d Infantry, 2nd Division, a regiment whose deeds in France have won it a great place in the heart of the American people. The regiment arrived in France in the fall of 1917. In the following March it was sent to trenches on the Meuse, near Verdun, for a six weeks' training course with the French. The last of May it was rushed in auto trucks to Chateau-Thierry and there, in conjunction with the 9th Infantry and the 5th and 6th Marines, stopped the German drive on Paris. The 23d was one of the American regiments chosen by General Pershing to cooperate with the French Moroccans in the crucial battle of Soissons (swa'son'). It was also in the assault at Saint-Mihiel (San'- me’yel’), in the battle of Champagne and in the final great drive in the Argonne—in battle, with brief intermissions to refit and replace casualties, from June 1, 1918, to the end of the war. Its losses were terrible, barely twenty percent of the original enlistment still in the ranks when the armistice was signed. After the armistice the regiment was sent into Germany as part of the Army of Occupation. It was quartered in Vallendorf, - a small town on the east bank of the Rhine, about six kilometers from Koblenz. Its parade ground while at Vallendorf was an immense plateau 200 feet above the Rhine and it was there that Pershing reviewed the entire 2nd Division—nearly 30,000 veterans—in May, 1919, The men before us are real soldiers, soldiers who faced every form of warfare the boche could invent and who hammered him out of one stronghold after another.

Spatial Coverage

Medium

Extent

1 stereograph : b&w
1 gelatine silver print stereograph (8 x 15 cm) mounted on card (9 x 18 cm)

Rights

Copyright. The Keystone View Company
No known restrictions on publication

Relation

World War through the stereoscope

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Citation

Keystone View Company, “Twenty-third Infantry on review, U.S. sector on the Rhine - Germany,” Monash Collections Online, accessed June 3, 2020, http://repository.monash.edu/items/show/25671

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