Welcome 77th : Argonne conquerors
Kaiser, August (1889-?) 1918 Lithograph
Nine companies of the United States 77th Division gained the name the Lost Battalion after being surrounded by Germans forces in the Argonne Forest during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. On October 2, 1918, after advancing quickly, the unit moved ahead of the rest of the Allied line and became surrounded. Over the next six days the unit fought off several German attacks and suffered a bombardment from Allied artillery. Of the over 500 men who entered the forest, only 194 were rescued.