The World War I Chaumont Marker is a bronze plaque located at the entrance to Damremont Barracks in Chaumont, France. It signifies the location of the general headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) of World War I commanded by General John J. Pershing. Its inscription in French and English reads as follows:
General headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during the World War occupied the building of the Caserne Damremont from September 1, 1917 to July 11, 1919 and from here directed the activities of more than two million American soldiers
Chaumont Marker - AEF Headquarters
The marker is to the left of the main gate at the Ecole de Gendarmerie de Chaumont, located on the outside of the building.
Travel via Car:
Driving from Paris via toll Autoroute A5, take the exit to Chaumont (#24) by N67, and then at the first round-about make a right on D65. Follow the signs to "Chaumont Nord" and then ESDG. The exact address is "1 Avenue du 109eme RI, 52903 CHAUMONT."
Travel via Public Transportation:
There is rail service from Paris (Gare de l'Est), and then a 20 minute walk to the marker.
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