Two RPPC photo postcards from the Saint-Mihiel in the Argonne, France. These were part of a postcard lot belonging to a member of American 140th infantry Regiment, 35th Division.
“Places wheere the 35th dug in, in Argonne 87” Photo of one side of a valley, overlooking other side, where there are many large holes dug.
“31 German Barbwire Argonne” Photo of barbwire and brush. In distance two men walking.
The Battle of Saint-Mihiel was a major World War I battle fought from 12–15 September 1918, involving the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) and 110,000 French troops under the command of General John J. Pershing of the United States against German positions. It was the first large offensive launched mainly by the United States Army in World War I.
‘AZO’ photographic paper used confirms date is 1910-1930.
Both toned on back, one has stain.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
On June 29, 1917, the regiment was reactivated for service in the First World War when it consolidated with elements of the 3rd Missouri to create the 140th Infantry in October 1917. The new regiment was assigned to the 35th Division. Within the 35th Division they were assigned to the 70th Brigade alongside the 139th Infantry. Companies of the regiment were drawn primarily from the southeast of the state...The regiment organized and trained in the United States at Camp Doniphan, Oklahoma and then shipped out for France where it began training under British tutelage in June 1918. In July, the 140th had its first taste of combat in the Gérardmer sector in the Vosges Mountains, where they conducted raids on German forces. They were moved to the Saint-Mihiel sector in September where they served as a reserve for the First Army. The regiment soon participated in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, the largest battle the American Expeditionary Forces waged during the war. After five days of intense battle, they were relieved by elements of the 1st Division and were placed in the Sommedieue sector where they launched harassing attacks on the enemy positions until the Armistice ended the war.