Lexington County Museum December 6 6:30 p.m. Free
Hazelius House 231 Fox Street Lexington, SC
Bellicourt Tunnel: The Crowning Battle of the Great War and the South Carolina Soldiers who Fought in It
Jerred Metz, author and speaker
The United Stated declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. After training for nearly a year at Camp Sevier near Greenville, the Thirtieth Division—along with the Twenty-Seventh, which trained at Camp Wadsworth—were the first two Divisions of American soldiers to sail to Europe.
Jerred Metz will describe the Thirtieth Division’s—soldiers from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee, who fought in the World War I Battle of Bellicourt Tunnel—role in the fight and the battle’s significance in the war.
Metz will lay out the plans and reasoning that led up to the battle on September 29, 1918. The Division retired from the field on October 20, fighting Germans, pushing them further back each day for twenty-one days.
Metz will show these three miles the Hindenburg line, the officers and soldiers who fought, the fight, and its role in bringing about Germany’s willingness to end the war.
The author of eleven books, Jerred Metz’s two recent novels are “The Angel of Mons: A World War I Legend” and its sequel, Bellicourt Tunnel: The Crowning Battle of the Great War.