Remembering World War One: An Engineer's Diary of the War [Dilkes]
His emotions range from patriotic fervor to the reality of the true cost of freedom, which he experienced in the carnage of life. Once committed to the war effort, Charles Edward Dilkes displayed firm resolve. He volunteered for active duty as an engineer-soldier to fight in World War I when the United States declared war on Germany.
This book is based on the memoirs he wrote of his World War I experiences from enlistment through honorable discharge. He saved many artifacts, which added dimension to "Remembering World War I: An Engineer's Diary of the War." The main artifact is his diary, which he kept daily from the time he left American shores in August 1917, through the armistice signed on Nov. 11, 1918, and until he completed his service to his country as part of the U.S. Army of Occupation in Germany in September 1919. At one point, before going into battle in the Aisne- Marne Campaign, he buried this diary in case the German offensive was successful.