Aug 6, 2006

The Battle of Fismette

"In Fismette, the Pennsylvanians ran into a stone wall of resistance. The enemy made desperate efforts to dislodge them and drive them back across the river. One counter-attack after another was met and beaten off by the valiant little band of Americans, supported by the roaring guns on the heights to the south. ... The weather turned wet again, varying from a drizzle to a heavy downpour, but never quite ceasing. The penetration of Fismette went slowly but steadily on, in the face of strong resistance, the Germans reacting viciously at every point of contact. Here, as elsewhere along the front between Soissons and Rheims, the action consisted of a series of sharp local engagements, with considerable hand-to-hand fighting, in which American bayonets played an important role." Read on.

Photo: "Spence Brothers: Killed at Fismette 1918"
Drumore Township, Pennsylvania. Canon EOS 5D ©2006 Falmanac