Orange County Historian Johanna Yaun will host a trip to Belgium and France next year to honor the 40 Orange County residents who died on the same day in 1918 during the Battle of the Hindenburg Line.
The trip will take place from September 24th through October 2nd, 2018 and will explore locations that served as notable backdrops during World War I.
The Hindenburg Line was a heavily fortified zone running several miles behind the active front between the north coast of France and Belgium. After an intense 56-hour-long attack, Allied forces breached the Hindenburg Line, the last line of German defenses, on September 29th, 1918. The Battle of the Hindenburg Line is one of the most famous engagements that occurred during World War I.
The 40 soldiers from Orange County that perished on September 29th, 1918 were members of the 107th New York Infantry Regiment. There were 995 total casualties from New York State on that day. Breaking through the Hindenburg Line helped the Allies win World War I, which ended on November 11th, 1918.
For more information about the trip, click here. Space is limited to 45.
Photo: Group of Newburgh boys, members of the 107th Infantry Regiment while in training at Camp Wadsworth, SC. Standing (left to right) are Cyril Engelbride, Sterrit Keefe, Howard Rogers, Bernard Martin, Walter Allison. In the lower row are John T. Kenney, Edward Shay and Arthur Leghorn. All five of the men in uniform were killed in action in France.