Photography exhibition by Michael St Maur Sheil – The Doughboys 1917-1918

28 March 2017 | Pamela Linden


Church-yard of old village of Fey-en-Haye on the outskirts of Bois le Pretre.
Literally “Priest’s Wood” or ,Priesterwald in German. Very heavy fighting took place here beween September 1914 and July 1915, involving the French 73 and 128th Infantry Division (the Wolves of Bois-le-Prêtre) and the German 121 Infantry Division.

The wood was finally captured by the American 90/Div on Sept 13th 1918.

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917 – 1918

7 – 23 April, Guildhall Yard, EC2V 5AE

This exhibition, the latest in an acclaimed series of centenary photographic exhibitions created by Michael St Maur Sheil, explores the American soldiers, or ‘Doughboys’, of the First World War.

The exhibition portrays the battlefields which, a century ago, were places of death and horror, and reveals contemporary landscapes of great beauty and tranquillity.

Building on last year’s Somme 100 exhibition in Guildhall Yard, Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918 marks the entry of the United States into the war in 1917, and traces the journey of the Doughboys as they entered the fray of WWI.


In partnership with City of London, Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys, National World War I Museum and Memorial, and US Embassy.

The Doughboys 1917 - 1918