Profs & Pints: WW I Centiennial - Baptism of Fire
Profs and Pints presents: World War I Centennial: Baptism of Fire," a discussion of courage and sacrifice in the summer of 1918, with Edward Lengel, special advisor to the White House Historical Association, former professor at the University of Virginia, and professional historian and storyteller.
"Retreat? Hell, we just got here," US Marine Captain Lloyd Williams is said to have famously replied to the battered French soldiers who urged him to turn back from Belleau Wood.
The words of Captain Williams, a Virginia Tech graduate who would heroically die in those woods, turned out to be prophetic in many ways. The Battle of Belleau Wood, which waged over several weeks in June 1918, would come to be the United States first big engagement of World War I, its first major battle of outside North America, and, arguably, its first encounter with the horrors of modern war. It became a defining moment in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps, and its tragic casualties, heroic acts, and ultimate success live on in Marine Corps lore. The French would rename the area, in the eastern part of their nation, the "Bois de la Brigade de Marine" ("Wood of the Marine Brigade").
Come hear Edward Lengel, a military historian and master storyteller, relay the gripping tale of the Battle of Belleau Wood and discuss its immense significance. Hell discuss how the battle moved from rolling wheat fields into dense woodland choked with thick underbrush. Enveloped in smoke and gas, their ears pounded by a bewildering riot of sound, threatened by enemies on all sides, fighting men lived by moments and by inches. In this world, the rules of war did not exist. No one heard the generals orders, and individual men, American and German, made split-second decisions that determined victory or defeat.
The Americans adjusted to their well-equipped European adversary and delivered a jarring shock to the Germans, who were astonished and intimidated by American aggressiveness. The Americans won the battle and rolled onward, but thousands of graves remain to mark the sacrifices made there. What happened in Belleau Wood and over theremainder of that summer 100 years ago helped determine the course of the war and shape the future of this nation. Come learn about this important chapter our history, and drink a toast to those who fought in Belleau Wood on our behalf. (Tickets $10 in advance and $12 at the door.)
The Bier Baron Tavern (View)
1523 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20037
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