Battle of Belleau Wood

June 6-26, 1918

The Battle of Belleau Wood was the first extensive battle in which American troops were involved during World War I. In the three weeks of seemingly inexhaustible German bombardment, American forces were faced with new kinds of warfare, including weaponry and strategy, such as trench warfare. Men in trenches are often the subject of candid World War I photographs, usually taken by soldiers themselves thanks to small cameras such as the Vest Pocket Kodak. The German army retreated from Belleau Wood, resulting in approximately 10,000 deceased, wounded, or missing in action American soldiers (“Battle of Belleau Wood Begins”).


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