In the darkened trenches of northern France, a young American soldier clutched his rifle tightly, his heart pounding in his chest. The air was thick with a mixture of fear and determination, causing his throat to feel dry and dehydrated.

Amidst the deafening roar of artillery shells echoing through the air, he anxiously awaited the order to advance. It was the fateful day of May 28, 1918, and this soldier was just one of the countless hundreds and thousands who left home and poised to participate in a historic moment dubbed the Battle of Cantigny.

Unbeknownst to him, the unfolding events would forever alter the war’s trajectory and shape the nation’s destiny.

The Small French Village Called Cantigny

The year was 1917. A time when America was in a state of division, torn between embracing pacifism and a strong inclination to stay isolated from the conflicts unfolding in Europe has found itself pulled into the chaos as Germany’s unrestricted submarine warfare and the infamous Zimmermann Telegram (which proposed a military alliance between Germany and Mexico), gave the nation with no choice but to intervene. With a surge of patriotism and a determination to protect democratic ideals, the United States joined the Allied Powers, bringing fresh troops and resources to the war-torn European theater.