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Gen. John J. Pershing and World War I, 1917–1918

John J. “Black Jack” Pershing portrait by Joseph Cummings Chase

The desk from General John J. Pershing’s war room, together with a full-size reproduction of the wall map on which he tracked troop movements, were featured in a landmark display for the Museum’s third floor east. The map shows troop locations on the western front the very day armistice was reached. Under Pershing’s command, two million American soldiers helped break the stalemate in Europe and win the war for the Allies.