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Five Lieutenants: The Heartbreaking Story of Five Harvard Men Who Led America to Victory in World War I

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James Carl Nelson tells the dramatic true story of five brilliant young soldiers from Harvard, a thrilling tale of combat and heroism in the First World War.

Five Lieutenants tells the story of five young Harvard men who took up the call to arms in the spring of 1917 and met differing fates in the maelstrom of battle on the Western Front in 1918. Delving deep into the motivations, horrific experiences, and ultimate fates of this Harvard-educated quintet—and by extension of the brilliant young officer class that left its collegiate and post-collegiate pursuits to enlist in the Army and lead Americas rough-and-ready doughboys—Five Lieutenants presents a unique, timeless, and fascinating account of citizen soldiers at war, and of the price these extraordinary men paid while earnestly giving all they had in an effort to end “the war to end all wars.”

Drawing upon the subjects intimate, eloquent, and uncensored letters and memoirs, this is a fascinating microcosm of the American experience in the World War One, and of the horrific experiences and hardships of the educated class of young men who were relied upon to lead doughboys in the trenches and, ultimately, in open battle.

About the Author

JAMES CARL NELSON is an active member of the Western Front Association, which is devoted to the study of the Great War. The author of The Remains of Company D: A Story of the Great War, Nelson lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250035813
Author:
Nelson, James Carl
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Military - World War I
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 8-page black-and-white photogra
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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