Good War, Great Men: Detailed Accounts of a Machine Gun Battalion during World War I [Capets]
Good War, Great Men provides first-hand accounts of more than a dozen soldiers who served together during the Great War. Their stories have been rediscovered by compiling unpublished letters and journals with historical insights to provide a compelling history of the men of the 313th Machine Gun Battalion, 80th Division. This second edition printing includes new maps and illustrations not provided in the first edition. Surviving the incessant shelling and gas attacks were often a matter of luck. Enduring the long marches, muddy trenches, and soaking wet uniforms were routine. Being able to laugh through the misery, finding a swimming hole on a march though the French countryside, or sleeping in late under the warmth of the sun occasionally made it a good war. You’ll read about a young Private who colorfully describes the antics of his fellow draftees while they trained at Camp Lee preparing for war. Meet an idealistic officer who provides vivid details of the simple pleasures and the aggravating moments as he marches his company to the front lines. Discover the naïve desires of a Company Commander hoping to get into a ‘real show’ which are later extinguished when his unit takes on multiple casualties from a gas attack. Read the honest prose of one officer who reveals a catastrophic mistake made during the harrowing events of the Battle of the Meuse-Argonne. Endorsed by the United States World War One Centennial Commission, this project honors the service and sacrifice of American servicemen and women in World War I.