National Geographic : 1929 Nov
( National Geographic Society Autocnrome byGervais Courtellemont MONTFAUCON: NOT MANY MILES FROM HERE THE HEROIC "LOST BATTALION" MADE ITS PLACE INHISTORY In the great Meuse-Argonne engagement of 1918 six companies of the 308th Infantry, one of the 307th, and parts oftwo companies ofthe306th Machine Gun Battalion were entirely surrounded by the enemy, and cut off from the rest of their division. For five days and four nights they held their position against repeated assaults and bombardments. Food and water became scarce and their suffering was acute, but they spurned surrender. Finally on October 7 they were rescued, but of the 463 men who were cut off, 225 were killed and wounded. Montfaucon proved ahard position for the 79th Division, aided by the 37th and the 4th, to capture, being strongly defended by the army of the German Crown Prince. Its fields have been leveled and restored and fine grain grows now where there was utter desolation eleven years ago.