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CANTIGNY AMERICAN MONUMENT
The World War I Cantigny American Monument is located in the village of Cantigny (Somme), France about four miles northwest of Montdidier, France on route D-26 from Montdidier to Ailly-sur-Noye, France. It is about 66 miles north of Paris via Chantilly or Senlis, France.
This battlefield monument commemorates the first offensive operation by a large American unit in May 1918. It stands in the center of a village which was captured during that attack. The village was completely destroyed by artillery fire. The monument consists of a white stone shaft on a platform surrounded by an attractive park, developed and maintained by ABMC. The quiet surroundings now give no hint of the bitter hand-to-hand fighting which took place nearby many years ago.