America Goes Over [Part 2]

One of 30 videos in the series: Alvin Mansfield Owsley Collection, 1904-1972 available on this site.

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Second of 5 reels documenting the activities of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I with footage of American soldiers on various assignments in Europe, particularly the Meuse-Argonne battle.

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1 film (15 min., 48 sec.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.

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United States. Army. Signal Corps. 1927~.

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Second of 5 reels documenting the activities of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I with footage of American soldiers on various assignments in Europe, particularly the Meuse-Argonne battle.

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1 film (15 min., 48 sec.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.

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The film was produced in 1918 and this print was likely produced ca. 1927.

Fuller description of content for this reel: The footage begins with American troops marching through rainy streets in France, then taking wagons on French roads and gearing up for the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. The footage then shows American guns firing the first shots of the 47-day Meuse-Argonne battle, an artillery observer being launched into the air in a balloon with an early radio, then being shot down by planes and parachuting to safety while anti-aircraft guns shoot at the plane with the balloon bursting into flames afterward. The battle scenes include early night-time battle footage, artillery fire, a Renault FT-17 Tank, and various troop movement. As the troops move into the Argonne Forest the footage shows various small conflicts, the assessment of a wounded soldier, dead lying in the fields, and villages in ruins. The footage also features Generals Foch and Pershing giving an update, troops in downtime, prisoners marching, Pershing pinning medals on American troops, and a German plane being shot down.

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  • Preferred Citation: Courtesy of Alvin Mansfield Owsley Collection (HM15), University of North Texas Special Collections

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Alvin Mansfield Owsley Collection

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World War One Collection

Materials focusing on the WWI era from 1914 to 1918. In addition to materials that were actually created during the time period, the collection may include modern studies and commemorative works about the era.

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  • 1927~

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  • Aug. 26, 2015, 8:30 p.m.

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  • Aug. 28, 2020, 11:13 a.m.

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United States. Army. Signal Corps. America Goes Over [Part 2], video, 1927~; United States. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc700196/: accessed June 14, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.

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