Chateau Thierry Turning Point, Daily Racing Form, 1918-08-02


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CHATEAU THIERRY TURNING POINT Says Otto II Knhn just returned from Europe France is superb beyond words I happened to be in Paris during the two weeks beginning May 27 when the Germans broke through at the Cheinin des Dames and came within about forty miles of Paris when there was a longrange iKimbardment of Paris almost daily and air raids practically every night Yet life and business in Paris went on as before there was not the slightest evidence of excitement let alone fear A good many men sent their womtn folk and children away other measures of prudence were taken to guard against contingencies but there was absolute calm and sangfroid sangfroidIt It was only tile outburst of enthusiasm at the magnificent fighting and farreaching success of the Americans hurriedly thrown into the battle in the neighlwrhood of Chateau Thierry which showed how great had been the strain how tense the nerves underneath the outer calm It is a soulstirring story the story of that relatively small American force rushing forward at a critical moment and turning the tide by throwing itself upon the enemy with irresistible dash and bravery When the full account of the war comes to l e written it will I believe lie found that that action in its psycho ¬ logical and strategic consequences was among its determining events eventsThat That action has now taken a place in history which will be peri etiiated through time Chateau Thierry not only murks the turning of the tide which had run so long and so dej ressingly one way hut it set at rest forever every question of the quality of the raw American troops and in its demonstration of their stamina force and irresistible daring foreshadowed the part which America is to play in ending the war with a peace of victory Loiiisvillc CourierJournal

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