Today in Military History: May 28, 1918; Brigade Captures Cantigny, France

On May 28, 1918, in the first sustained US offensive of World War I, an allied force with a 4,000-strong American brigade captures the French village of Cantigny from German forces.

The Cantigny Memorial was dedicated on 9 August 1937. On the side of the memorial appears the inscription : ERECTED BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO COMMEMORATE THE FIRST ATTACK BY AN AMERICAN DIVISION IN THE WORLD WAR. On the side of the memorial appears the inscription: THE FIRST DIVISION UNITED STATES ARMY OPERATING UNDER THE X FRENCH CORPS CAPTURED THE TOWN OF CANTIGNY ON MAY 28 1918 AND HELD IT AGAINST NUMEROUS COUNTERATTACKS.

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