Lecture: Marshall and Pershing—A Relationship that Propelled the American Army to Victory in World War I

The George C. Marshall International Center’s speaker series continues Tuesday with a talk by Mitchell Yockelson, the author of “Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I.”

Yockelson, a recipient of the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award, is an archivist with the National Archives and former professor of military history at the United States Naval Academy.

He will discuss Marshall’s role as the architect of stunning victories over the Germans in the 1918 battles of St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne while an operations officer in American First Army under General John J. Pershing.

Yockelson’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has appeared on 60 Minutes, Fox News, PBS, and the History Channel. He is the author of three earlier books: “Borrowed Soldiers: Americans under British Command, 1918,” named one of the best military history books by The Independent (UK) in 2008; “MacArthur: America’s General,” and “Grant: Savior of the Union.” An historical adviser to the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, Yockelson regularly leads tours of World War I battlefields for the Smithsonian Journeys and New York Times Journeys series, and frequently lectures on military history. He lives in Annapolis.

The lecture will be held Tuesday, March 21, at the Marshall House, 217 Edwards Ferry Road in Leesburg, beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations are required by emailing events@georgecmarshall.org or calling 703-777-1301.

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