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Good evening I'm over north welcomed the war stories tonight coming -- from the first division museum that can do far from.
It was a trench line like this to protect and Americans old boys of the first infantry division we're in world war war.
Unit was activated in 1917 as America mobilized to defend Europe's democracies against the -- and this would.
Was -- big red one quickly became a nickname that stuck.
Point seven years later another generation sold.
What would be the norm.
Then walked away part of Germany to liberate -- once again.
The patch was -- of Vietnam and in 1967.
And one of the big red one deliberate.
Tonight a story of the big red one.
The legendary first infantry division.
Along this thing was reactivated divisions in the United States are.
Or surgical Cleveland you -- read.
The big red one.
As -- that second nine.
And any of the other divisions.
We make a big deal a lot of people consume music where the division has to be and what -- done.
The legacy was tremendous.
In August 1914.
The great empires of Europe but at least to global carnage then known as the great war.
Britain France and Russia allied against -- will host Germany.
This -- in the Austro Hungarian and buyers and builders struggled to dominate the European continent.
Across the Atlantic the wild American southwest seeing the world away from the war and old Europe.
US was -- its own battles with Mexico along our southern border -- -- across the border.
The -- -- of Mexico.
Doctor John vote because the executive director of the camp -- first division foundation Georgia incursion was looking for perjury -- John blackjack pershing was a brigadier general from Missouri.
March ninth 1916.
I shall be 485.
Was crossed into the US and killed eight American.
President Woodrow Wilson -- -- to hunt down the Mexican band.
Tell us a little bit about person's experience and Mexican these are good officers confident he knows his business.
-- and 141000.
Troops including -- young Georgia has had spent ten months in Mexico.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- the US -- uncovered an unexpected but even greater menace in the war with Mexico.
Germany was planning a possible invasion.
Of the United States.
The foreign minister of -- and when.
Sends an -- telegram to the Mexicans say -- might be something an important moment if you the United States.
You're looking at the 1917.
Top secret telegram intercepted by the British from -- transatlantic cable lines.
The -- revealed the words Zimmerman and Mexico.
Fully descriptive the Germans promised Mexico quote.
To -- -- lost territory and Texas New Mexico and Arizona.
It was the smoking gun these are a series of publications and leaves.
The president couldn't ignore the threat.
And April 61917.
He declared war against Germany Britain and France were now America's allies in this.
First world war.
General pershing received new orders from Washington for years old to -- Put together an -- division officers in France and goes right back for those regiments that sort of live in the moment.
In one month -- organized the American expeditionary forces.
It was the birth of the big red one.
Yeah John and you'll get you'll.
-- your your biography states army and among the Bible might you not heard on -- seen in the.
In -- -- an interview done for the first division museum -- -- Oppenheim remember joining the army in Jacksonville Florida.
And leaving for Europe in 1970.
Or -- they have your -- Israel -- The first visual lens the 26 of June and songs that are.
The report -- -- guard.
And playing her there.
The weapons that it -- Aside from the pistol and rifle most of the other good news for you in the helmet that these awards -- of British making six in ten.
As the Americans -- Brutal trench warfare -- laid waste to the British and French Germans the French desperately -- -- for American troops.
So it does -- the first division.
To the French can be used in -- -- -- sector that came to me at the end of day.
On -- morning via the purported date.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4200 soldiers in the eighteen pledged that launched a surprise attack in the German.
Become the first US -- combat in world war war.
When it -- properly by at -- time.
The product -- or time.
The Americans captured -- 745 minutes and took 250 German prisoners it was the big red ones baptism by fire.
Max out and -- also spoke to the first division museum.
He -- from Madison Wisconsin but the young age of seventeen joined the division in late 1970.
And then there's -- to.
The eighteenth infantry.
In the spring of 1918 the big red one was -- -- special warfare against the Germans.
-- over an awful lot.
So that was held up.
They sufferers do this effect is lost him.
Fighting in the big red one alongside Max in the eighteenth regiment was second battalion 26 infantry regiment Max remembers their commander.
Teddy rose -- the rowdy son of the former American president enjoyed the first division at the start of the great war.
And was on these battlefields the Teddy junior and other young soldiers.
Would emerge as warriors in particular George Marshal Rick Atkinson is the author of an army at dawn -- -- very well deserved reputation as an extremely capable staff officer George Patton was real student dwarf.
Recognized -- tank warfare was going to be.
Nearly five months after their victory again -- the first division fought in the -- He -- a major battles on November 11 1918 Kaiser Wilhelm called for a ceasefire how many casualties as the vision thing.
A total of 22606.
News treasuries of rich.
Five and a -- those that are.
It was America's brutal initiation of the twentieth century warfare.
We bring the first division back in 1919.
Many of the young go boys didn't know they'd soon be fighting the Germans -- another war.
But already in 1918.
The warrior spirit of the fighting first it was becoming legends great portable Gerald Gardner good -- -- I had.
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