A group of Americans captured this brand new German machine gun at St. Mihiel, September 1918
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
Purchased by the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College on August 12, 2020 from Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.
Photos of Latest U .S. Army and Navy War News--Trophies Captured by Americans at St. Mihiel: This German machine gun surrounded by a group of Americans is brand new and has never fired a shot. While fighting in the St. Mihiel salient, these crafty Yanks surprised the German gun crew and captured the gun before it could be fired.
The Battle of Saint-Mihiel was a major World War I battle fought from September 12-15, 1918. It involved the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) and 110,000 French troops under the command of U.S. General John J. Pershing against German troops. The U.S. Army Air Service played a significant role in this action. This battle marked the first use of the terms "D-Day" and "H-Hour" by the Americans.
Credited in plate with typeset credit and title on label affixed to verso.
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