The Battle of Château-Thierry, fought on July 18, 1918, was one of the first actions of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) under General John J. Pershing. Prompted by the July 15 German offensive, the American and French forces launched a counter-assault on a 25 mile wide front; the American influence was heaviest in the regions around Chateau-Thierry. The West Bridge was where the French and American troops made their stand after holding the northern banks of the Marne. The attack took the German army by surprise and turned the tide of the war.
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