Today we found this project's "holy grail": the diary of MG William Haan, Commander of the 32nd Division throughout their combat in World War I. Here is a little taste: 

August 8, 1918— … During the next night the leading elements were pushed forward to the Vesse on the left and to a position to the south of Fismes on the right. The city of Fisme, situated south of the river, was strongly held by a German Guard regiment and attempts to take it without artillery preparation were unsuccessful, and that afternoon a careful artillery preparation was made and the 127th Infantry under this protection took that place by assault. The casualties were heavy but the enemy was driven across the river and abandoned the place. The German communique speaks of this action as a fierce assault, under which instructions were given by the German army commander to withdraw his famous Guard regiment to keep it from being annihilated. The 127th Infantry seemed to have the fortune or misfortune to get into the midst of the heaviest fights during the entire advance and its losses appear to be more than 50 percent, but official returns have not yet come in.

 


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