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The Big Picture - The Army's First

CREATED BY Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center. (ca. 1974 - 05/15/1984 ) USE RESTRICTIONS NOTE: Some or all of this material may be restricted by copyright or other intellectual property right restrictions. ONLINE RESOURCES: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018C8KNS NOTE: A DVD of this film can be ordered from our partner, Amazon.com/NATIONALARCHIVES. A DVD of this film is ALSO available for viewing and copying free of charge in the NARA Research Room in the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Records Section, National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD. The original release sheet reads: It was in 1917 that the American Expeditionary Force under General John J. Pershing poured ashore in France, expecting to fight as a separate Army. However, it was not until July, 1918, that Pershing was able to create the First United States Army under his command. On film this episode becomes a chronological history of the First Army from World War I to 1960. It is an extraordinary documentary of the First Army's 23rd Division that wrote a chapter of history unexcelled in accomplishment, unsurpassed in courage. Many men and many outfits captured the imagination of the American people. There was Sergeant Alvin York of the 83rd Division, Wild Bill Donovan's Fighting 69th, Major Charles Whittlesey's Lost Battalion, General Douglas MacArthur of the 42nd Division, and the glamorous "Hat in the Ring" Flying Squadron of Major Eddie Rickenbacker. Inactivated in 1919, First Army seemed for a few years a part of the past. But the complacency of the twenties soon gave way to European unrest and in 1933, Chief of Staff Douglas MacArthur recreated First Army as part of a broad Army reorganization. FOR MORE INFORMATION http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalDOSearch?searchExpression=2569722
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