Nelsen, Adolph, Pvt

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Last Rank
Private
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
521-Basic Soldier
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1918-1919, American Expeditionary Force
Service Years
1918 - 1919

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1895
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Soldier
Last Address
Soldier, IA

Casualty Date
Dec 03, 1958
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Nebraska
Conflict
World War I
Location of Interment
Soldier Lutheran Cemetary - Soldier, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Wound Chevron (1917-1932)


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World War I/Somme Defensive Campaign
Start Year
1918
End Year
1918

Description
Somme Defensive, 21 March - 6 April 1918. The German high command decided to attack on the British-held Somme front in the direction of Amiens. A breakthrough at this point would separate the French from the British, push the latter into a pocket in Flanders, and open the way to the Channel ports.

 The offensive began on 21 March 1918 with three German armies (about 62 divisions in all) in the assault. British defense lines were pierced in rapid succession. By 26 March Amiens was seriously threatened, and on the following day a gap was created between the French and British armies. But the Germans lacked reserves to exploit their initial phenomenal successes, and the Allies moved in enough reserves to bring the offensive to a halt by 6 April. The Germans had advanced up to 40 miles, had captured 1,500 square miles of ground and 70,000 prisoners, and had inflicted some 200,000 casualties. They had failed, however, to achieve any or their strategic objectives; destruction of the British, disruption of Allied lateral communicational and capture of Amiens.

On 25 March 1918, at the height at the German drive, Pershing placed the four American divisions at that time ready for combat at the disposal of the French. But only a few American units were engaged. They included the 6th, 12th, and 14th Engineers and the 17th, 22d, and 148th Aero Squadrons, a total of about 2200 men.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1918
To Year
1918
 
Last Updated:
May 11, 2013
   
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  27 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Goodwillie, Herrick Ross, 1LT, (1917-1919)
  • Hunt, Irvin Leland, COL, (1895-1933)
  • Lewis, Arthur, Pvt, (1918-1919)
  • Lewis, Edward Mann, MG, (1881-1928)
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