The start of a three-part series for the Memorial Day weekend. The Americans may have come to the Great War later than many, but their experience was every bit as intense.
From the LIFE photo archives (though not LIFE magazine, which didn't yet exist), plus one from the Imperial War Museum.
1917-1918, of course.
A young soldier boarding a train for the Front. Source
American troops lined up in London before being shipped to the front. Source
Troops on the move. Source
An American machine-gun platoon moving through a forest to the front lines, France. Source
Marching soldiers. Source
Artillery spotters. Source
Soldiers advancing on the American positions. Source
Soldiers resting during a lull in the fighting. Source
Soldiers getting new clothes from the quartermaster. Source
Machine gun platoon creeping along a path. Source
Troops advancing through a shattered forest. Source
Medics carry a wounded a soldier. Source
Troops running across a battlefield. Source
Snipers in camouflage. Source
French children watch a procession of American ammunition. Source
American surgeons at a field hospital. Source
Marching through shell-devastated woodland. Source
Troops shooting from a ruined house. Source
A soldier silhouetted by an exploding phosphorus bomb. Source