2017 – World War I ‘Sammies’ in the Gironde

You may be aware that 2017 marks the centennial of the arrival of US soldiers, or Sammies, in France during World War I.  The Gironde and Bordeaux in particular was the primary logistics station for the US military during this period.

In memory of this historic time, the Bordeaux Women’s Club will be organizing two events this season.  In a show of friendship between our English-speaking associations, the BWC would like to invite BBC members to attend these two events.

First event – ‘Sammies in Gironde’ – Friday, 13 October at 14:00

A talk by Yves Castex in French with a translator translating into into English

There will be no cost.


Athenée Municiaple
Place St Christoly

BBC members planning to attend MUST register via this link https://goo.gl/forms/ gd2oT2YrafHP0VD92

There are 40 places available and priority will be given to Bordeaux Women’s Club members, but the BWC think there will be room for everyone.

Second event – Boat trip to key points on the Gironde Estuary

Mr Yves Castex will lead us along the Gironde on a hired boar and we will stop at the various key points along the estuary where the Sammies were stationed.

There will be a fee for this event.  More information will follow.


There is a parallel exhibition at the Centre Jean Moulin entitled ‘1917 : voilà les Américains! ‘ running until Sunday 7th January 2018. Full details are: here