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The War to End all Wars. The American military experience in World War I

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By Edward Coffman. Published by University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI (1986) ISBN 10: 029910964XISBN 13: 9780299109646 The history of the American involvement in the Great War, first published in 1986 by OUP, has been to many the standard work on the subject. It was based upon some sources new at the time and used interviews with 30 survivo…


The War To End All Wars: The American Military Experience in World War I

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  The War to End All Wars, The American Military Experience in World War I by Edward M. Coffman   This work, first published in 1968, has been reprinted in 1998. The following is a transcript of interviews which took place in May and June 1998, between Dr Coffman and Paul Guthrie, exploring the elements identified by Dr. Coffman as crucial to un…


1 August 1918 Cpl Isaac E Holloway

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Born in Grant County, Indiana on 9 June 1890. A graduate of the Marion Conservatory of Music, he was a member of the National Military Home Band at the time of his enlistment. After enlisting into the US Regular Army in March 1916, Isaac was trained at Jefferson Barracks before becoming a member of the 30th Infantry Regiment Band. Transferred to t…


28 October 1918 : Cpl John Valentine Bildner

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Parents Louis and Lizzie Bildner. In 1900, the second of three children living at 86 Conwell Street, Dearborn Country, Indiana. His German born grandparents lived at 84 Conwell Street.  A machinist before the war John was drafted into service with the 159th Depot Brigade at Lawrenceburg, Indiana on 29 March 1918, he was trained at Camp Taylor, Ken…


18 November 1917 : Pvt Harry George Myers

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Harry Myers was a foster child who was raised on a farm at Uniontown, Perry County, Indiana.  He enlisted into the US regular Army in 1916 and was trained at Columbus Barracks, Ohio before seeing action on the Mexican Border. Harry was sent overseas with the AEF in June 1917 and he was killed in action in the Sommerviller sector, Lorraine on 18…


024: Winter 1988

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Retreat Hell! We Only Just Got Here! The American Expeditionary Force in France, 1917-1918

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By Martin Marix Evans Published by Osprey Militery, Oxford 1998 Review by Gary Sheffield. I have always thought that the distinction sometimes drawn between 'popular' and 'academic' history is unhelpful. The real categories are good and bad history and this book most definitely falls into the former category. By far the worst thing about this bo…


060: January 2001

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U.S. Infantry Weapons of the First World War

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Book Review by Len Shurtleff. Mr Canfield is an internationally recognised specialist in twentieth century U.S. military weapons and a contributing editor to the American Rifleman. In this information-packed and richly illustrated volume, he presents a comprehensive record of rifles, shotguns, automatic rifles, pistols, machine guns, bayonets, kni…


062: September 2001

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11 August 1918 : Lieut. Alfred Edward Gaby VC

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Alfred went to school in Scottsdale and after school worked on the family farm. He then spent some time in southern Tasmania. While working on his father's farm he had joined the militia and served for three years with the 12th Infantry Battalion (Launceston Regiment). Two elder brothers had seen active service in the South African War.   Before …


The Final One Hundred Days of the Western Front

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Introduction The British involvement in war on the Western Front lasted for 1,294 days: from the 12th of August 1914 - when the first elements of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) arrived in France - until the 11th November 1918, when the Armistice took effect. For each of those days an average of 1,751 men were wounded and 436 died (the latte…


With Their Bare Hands: General Pershing, the 79th Division and the Battle for Montfaucon

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By Gene Fax Osprey, £14.99, softback, 495pp, 55 ills, notes, refs, index. ISBN: 978–147–282–979–5 The title implies that this book is a narrow study of the US 79th Division and its struggle to capture the dominant feature of Montfaucon during the opening phase of the Meuse–Argonne offensive. In fact, it is much more, deploying the 79th Division…


Hamel 4th July 1918: The Australian & American Triumph

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By John Hughes-Wilson Uniform Publishing, £12.99, pb, 163pp, 15 ills. ISBN: 978–191–160–442–6 This is a somewhat odd book about an event which normally takes up no more than a chapter in many histories. Nevertheless, Hamel was undoubtedly a significant action, part of what the Australians called ‘peaceful penetration’ of the German lines which…


6 June 1918 : Sgt James Lucas

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James was a farmer from Reddington, Jackson County, Indiana He enlisted into the US Regular Army at Laredo, Texas on July 17th 1915 and saw service in the Mexican Border campaign prior to the US declaration of war. James Lucas was sent to join the American Expeditionary Force  in France in September 1917 and served in Lorraine before moving t…


When and Why the Doughboys Finally Joined the War

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When the First World War began in August 1914, none of the 48 autonomous states that then made up the United States of America (USA) supported the taking of sides with neither the Entente Powers (Britain, France and Russia) nor the Central Powers (Germany and Austria-Hungary). The USA had a professional regular army of 100,000, nearly half of which…


14 June 1917 : John Francis McCarthy

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John McCarthy was a salesman prior to enlisting into the US Marine Corps in New York on 25 January 1910. After four years service, he re-enlisted at San Francisco on 31 January 1914 at served on the USS Massachusetts and the USS Denver before becoming part of the American Expeditionary Force to Nicaragua.   John was killed in an automobile…


Trial by Friendship. Anglo-American Relations 1917-1918. David R. Woodward.

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1993 University Press of Kentucky  [This review first appeared in Stand To! No.43 April 1995. Members of The Western Front Association receive our journal Stand To!, three times a year and have access to the full archive online].  Anglo-American relations at the time when the United States entered the Great War have been somewhat neglected by Bri…


Freedom Struggles. African Americans and World War One by Adriane Lentz-Smith

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Paperback $28.00 £22.95 ISBN 9780674062054 Publication Date 30 September 2011 336 Pages In this influential 2009 Harvard publication Adriane Lentz-Smith provides a long overdue appraisal of the experience of African American soldiers in the American Expeditionary Force in 1918 and 1919. In doing so the lives and hopes of black Americans are se…


'Too Black, Too White' by Ely Green

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‘Too Black, Too White’ is the fascinating autobiography of a smart, orphaned, unschooled boy of mixed ethnicity born in the southern town of Sewanee, Tennessee in 1894. He is raised by a succession of African-American adoptive parents, uncles, a grandfather figure and guardians before being taken in by a wealthy white family in Waxahachie, Texas in…


Torchbearers of Democracy. African American Soldiers in the World War I Era by Chad L.Williams

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472 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 18 halftones, notes, bibl., index PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-1-4696-0985-0Published: August 2013 The University of North Carolina Press (2010)  EBOOK ISBN: 978-0-8078-9935-9Published: September 2010 Awards and Distinctions 2011 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award, Organization of American Historians A 2011 Choice Outstanding Acade…


Scotts Official History of the American Negro in the World War [1] by Mr Emmett J Scott (1919)

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A 2020 Large Format Reprint by Kenneth E.Bingham or read an out of copyright version for free online > https://net.lib.byu.edu/estu/wwi/comment/scott/ScottTC.htm   Mr Emmett J Scott was Special Assistant to Hon, Newton D.Baker, Secretary of War - so he had to be circumspect. This is a reproduction of the 1919 printed on demand large format. …


Paris Noir : African Americans in the City of Light by Tyler Stovall

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Tyler Stovall's motivation is that of so many who researches and writes about the First World War, Tyler Stovall’s grandfather served in World War One. Paris Noir spans several decades with the First World War the kickstart to the appearance in France of many African Americans eager to enjoy freedoms and civil treatment that was rare in their own c…


Rayford W.Logan and the Dilemma of the African American Intellectual by Kenneth R. Janken (1993)

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By Kenneth Robert Janken University of Massachusetts Press 1993 319 pages  ISBN-10 : 0870238582 ISBN-13 : 978-0870238581 There are several reasons why Americans are not that interested in the First World War: they came to it late, their losses were nothing like as severe as other combatants, there was little negative impact on the home front …


The Unknown Soldiers : Black American Troops in World War One

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By Arthur E. Barbeau and Florette Henri (1974) Philadelphia Temple University Press  ISBN 0-877722-063-8 ‘The Unknown Soldiers’ is essential reading if you are interested in understanding how African-American soldiers served and were treated during the First World War as part of the American Army. The foreword is blunt about the authors reveali…


Ep192 – ‘The Fighting Irish’ – The US 69th Infantry Regiment in WW1- Stephen L. Harris

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American historian and author Stephen L. Harris talks about his recent book Duffy’s War that looks at the wartime service of the US 69th Infantry Regiment, their padre Fr. Francis Duffy and commander ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan during their deployment in France. Your browser does not…


Ep. 196 - Men of the AEF's 'Lost Battalion' - Dr Edward Lengel

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Historian and writer Professor Edward G Lengel talks about his book Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War’s Lost Battalion that investigates the action in which men from four different infantry battalions of the 77th Division of the American Expeditionary Force, were isolated by German forces during American attack in the Argonne Forest …


Americans All. Foreign-Born Soldiers in World War I by Nancy G Ford

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Texas A&M University Press, College Station, $32.95, 2000, 207pp, ills, index.  ISBN: 1 58544 118 X.  His is a well-crafted history of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) which sets out to establish, and successfully so, that the US Army allied itself with progressive social reformers in integrating foreign-born and nonEnglish speaking dra…


Sons of Freedom: The forgotten American Soldiers who defeated Germany in World War One by Geofrey Wawro

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Basic Books. £13.81 (on Amazon special at the time of the book’s review). HB 596 pp. 14 maps. Ills throughout. Bibliog: Notes. Index. ISBN: Currently not published in the UK. Available via online shops. £20 from Abebooks.  Professor Wawro is the director of the Centre for Military History at the University of North Texas and joint editor, with…


The US 2nd Division at Blanc Mont Ridge by Major General by David T Zabecki

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[This article first appeared in the October 1918 edition of Stand To! No. 113] The US 2nd Division’s capture of the heavily– defended German positions on Blanc Mont Ridge on 3 October 1918 was arguably the most ingenious and skilfully conducted American divisional attack of the Great War. Ironically, however, Blanc Mont today is one of the least r…