The Yankee Division of the Great War
Wednesday, July 5 @ 7:00 pmFree
In commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the Medford Public Library and the Medford Historical Society & Museum are offering a series of exhibits and programs on World War I.
When the call went out for American boys to get ready for the great fight to save democracy in Europe in 1917, the Yankee Division was the first to be organized, the first to cross the ocean and the first to take to the battle line. In their first major action, they faced very intense enemy attacks in French towns like Apremont and Seicheprey, where they demonstrated their courage and fighting spirit in what was sometimes bayonet-to-bayonet combat, and earned a regimental “Croix-de-Guerre” decoration. In four subsequent larger offensives they faced the full force of stiff enemy resistance, costing them many casualties.
In this presentation, historian Dan Leclerc will look at the highlights of the Yankee Division in action.
Leclerc, a Yankee Division researcher, teaches adult education courses on World War I at UMass Boston and Tufts University.