WW1 1918 photo postcard of war dead after battle of Cantigny (France)

$20.00 CAD

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Photo postcard of dead soldiers on ground after battle of Cantigny France on May 28, 1918.  This was the first major American battle and offensive of WW1.

Written on negative 'Cantigny'.


Toned on back.

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)


The Battle of Cantigny, fought May 28, 1918 was the first major American battle and offensive of World War I. The U.S. 1st Division, the most experienced of the five American divisions then in France and in reserve for the French Army near the village of Cantigny, was selected for the attack. The objective of the attack was both to reduce a small salient made by the German Army in the front lines but also to instill confidence among the French.

The American success at Cantigny assured the French that American divisions could be depended upon in the line against the German offensive to take Paris. The victory at Cantigny was followed by attacks at Château-Thierry and Belleau Wood in the first half of June.