Eyewitnesses to the Great War: American Writers, Reporters, Volunteers and Soldiers in France, 1914-1918

Eyewitnesses to the Great War: American Writers, Reporters, Volunteers and Soldiers in France, 1914-1918

by Ed Klekowski, Libby Klekowski


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Beginning with the novelist Edith Wharton, who toured the front in her Mercedes in 1915, this book describes the wartime experiences of American idealists (and a few rogues) on the Western Front and concludes with the doughboys’ experiences under General Pershing. Americans were “over there” from the war’s beginning in August 1914, and because America was neutral until April 1917, they saw the war from both the French and German lines. Since most of the Americans who served, regardless of which side they were on, were in Champagne and Lorraine, this sector is the focus. Excerpts from memoirs are supplemented by descriptions of personalities, places, battles and even equipment and weapons, thus placing these generally forgotten American adventurers into the context of their times. A special set of maps based upon German Army battle maps was drawn and rare photographs supplement the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786463480
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/12/2012
Pages: 261
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

For years, Ed and Libby Klekowski have spent time in a farmhouse in Lorraine, exploring the nearby villages and forests for the artifacts of war. Their discoveries were the basis of two hour-long American Public Television documentaries on World War I. They live in Leverett, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 5

1 Edith and Henry 9

2 Along the Moselle in a Model T 25

3 Verdun Madness 41

4 Motoring Along the Meuse 56

5 Crossing the River, Too Late 68

6 Other Verdun Ambulance Corps 82

7 Americans in the Foreign Legion 95

8 Rendezvous with Death 110

9 Lafayette's Flyers 121

10 Writers and Reporters 137

11 Lafayette, We Are Here! 155

12 Gott Mit Uns 172

13 The Fog of Battle 187

14 Attack, Attrition, Pursuit 200

15 Armistice, Peace, War 215

Chapter Notes 227

Bibliography 243

Index 249

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