CANTIGNY (cane-nye% FRANCE. At 6:45 in the morning of May 28, 1918, the Americans started their first offensive in the World War. The place was the village of Cantigny, 18 miles south of Amiens, which marked the extreme western advance of the Germans in their desperate drive. Within a few hours the village was in the hands of American troops. As General Pershing said, the battle "demonstrated our fighting qualities under extreme battle conditions." It was the first of that series of exploits which brought the United States flag opposite Sedan five and a half months later, in the face of a foe clam oring for peace.
(See Chilteau Thierry.)