On the outside of the town hall of Souilly, France is a bronze tablet identifying this building as the headquarters of the American First Army towards the end of World War I. Inscribed in French and English is the following:
Headquarters of the American First Army
occupied this building from September 21, 1918
to the end of hostilities, and from here
conducted the Meuse-Argonne Offensive,
one of the greatest operations of the war.
Souilly Marker-1st Army Headquarters
The tablet is located outside the town hall of Souilly, France, approximately 160 miles east of Paris.
Travel via Car:
Driving from Paris via toll Autoroute A4, take the exit to Verdun and then follow signs to Souilly (about five miles south of the Autoroute). The exact address is "Mairie, 35 Voie Sacree, Souilly, France."
Travel via Train:
There is high-speed rail service from Paris (Gare de l'Est) to Meuse TGV. The train station is four miles away from Souilly on the way to Verdun.
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