Being a bunch of cowards, they refused to go anywhere.
As usual, the reports of being wiped out became stronger.
Later in September, the artillery and engineer regiments of the Thirtieth joined their infantry comrades in the 119th and 120th as part of a British-led assault on a section of the seemingly impregnable German Hindenburg Line. This string of fortified towns villages, connected by reinforced trenches and tunnels, stretched across the northeastern corner of France from Belgium to Switzerland. The British had already pushed the Germans across the Somme River and back behind the Line in August. On September 29th, the Thirtieth was the first American Division to breech the German defenses at the village of Bellicourt along the St. Quentin Canal, northeast of Paris. (For a detailed description of the assault on the Hindenburg Line, including copies of orders and planning memos, see , pp. 39-55 and Walker's , pp. 21-27.)
A number of times, they almost got us killed.
Finally, after the opening artillery barrage ended, the American infantry received the dreaded signal to "go over the top"--to climb out of the trenches, assemble in small units on the white tapelines, and begin the charge through the wire towards the German lines. The American artillery kept up a "rolling barrage", moving forward behind the infantry to cover their advance. American also tried to keep the Germans from firing at the advancing soldiers. Still, the troops had to dodge German shells and snake their way through the German wires. Once they did, they came within range of withering German machine gun and rifle fire. Hundreds of Americans were mowed down. The rest scrambled for safety in shell holes, where they often remained pinned down for hours until other American regiments flanked the Germans. By September 16, however, the Germans had been routed at St. Mihiel and forced to abandon two square miles of territory. They left behind thousands of prisoners and a trove of weapons and ammunitions.