Search results for American Expeditionary Force.

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


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


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 understa…

28 October 1918 : Cpl John Bildner


John's parents were 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 Ca…

18 November 1917 : Pvt Harry George Myers


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

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


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…

U.S. Infantry Weapons of the First World War


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…

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


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…

Ep. 14 – General Fox Conner and the American Expeditionary Force in WW1 – Steven Rabalais


Steven Rabalais talks about his biography of General Fox Conner (published by Casemate) who was the American Expeditionary Force during the Great War and was a mentor to Dwight Eisenhower in the 1920’s.

Ep. 44 – The Yanks are Coming! The AEF in World War One – John Lee


John Lee talks about the American Expeditionary Force and how the adapted to combat conditions on the Western Front in 1918. This lecture was given on the 9 November 2017 at the Ulster Museum in Belfast. 

14 June 1917 : John Francis McCarthy


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.


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


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…

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


Tyler Stovall's motivation to write 'Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light' came from his own grandfather's war experience 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 were rare in their own country at the…

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


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


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…

Americans All. Foreign-Born Soldiers in World War I


Texas A&M University Press, College Station, $32.95, 2000  207pp, ills, index. ISBN: 1 58544 118 X.  [This review first appeared in Stand To! No. 63 January 2002] This a well-crafted history of the AEF which sets out to establish, and successfully so, that the US Army allied itself with progressive social reformers in integrating foreign-b…

African American Doctors of World War I – The Lives of 104 Volunteers by W Douglas Fisher and Joann H Buckley


McFarland and Co., 2016, $45 US, 277pp, (2016 price, also available for Kindle £17.28 in 2021) illustrated, bibliog., index. ISBN: 9–781–476–623–177 [This review first appeared in the October 2016 edition of Stand To! No.107] When America formally entered the war in 1917 and a draft was established this draft would eventually include 400,000 A…

Ep.251 – Debating America’s response to the Great War – Dr Neil Lanctot


Historian Dr Neil Lanctot talks about his recent book The Approaching Storm which explores the domestic debates and discussions that informed America’s response to the outbreak of the Great War and its eventual declaration of war in April 1917. The Approaching Storm explores the perspectives of three prominent US newsmakers: President Woodrow Wi…

Articles, Book Reviews and podcasts taking the American point of view in World War One


The USA in World War One featured on The Western Front Association website  Articles in Stand To! (The archive of our journal is available online to members) The Role of the Doughboy in the Current American Renewal by James Brazier Private Martin A. Treptow ST2 1981  Combat Command on the Western Front. Perspectives of America Officers by Ca…

Ep.266 – The US 103rd Regiment in World War One – Jonathan Bratten


Jonathan Bratten talks about his history of the US 103rd Regiment during the Great War. The 103rd was a National Guard unit drawn from New England and saw action with the American Expeditionary Force in the US 26th Division. Your browser does not support the audio element. …

'The Doughboys 1917-1918 - The American experience in WW1' by Mike Sheil


'The Doughboys 1917-18 - The American experience in WWI'. The talk is based upon the American battlefields of WWI and is illustrated with some of the 20,000 photographs Mike has taken since 2005, showing the battlefields as they are today. In collaboration with Prof. Richard Holmes created the international photographic exhibition, 'Fields of Batt…

Sir John Monash and the Battle of Le Hamel 1918 - A presentation by Paul Cobb


Paul will be discussing the Battle of Le Hamel and the pivitol role Sir John Monash played in organising all the different arms to fight together leading to victory. This involved Australian troops, British tanks and several companies of the American Expeditionary Force to name but a few. A most interested and informative afternoon's presentation. …

Ep.316 – AEF Communications during the Great War – Dr. Brian Hall


Academic Dr Brian Hall talks about his research into the development of communications in the American Expeditionary Force during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. Brian is the Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Conte…