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An American Soldier in World War I (Studies in War, Society, and the Military)

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George “Brownie” Browne was a twenty-three-year-old civil engineer in Waterbury, Connecticut, when the United States entered the Great War in 1917. He enlisted almost immediately and served in the American Expeditionary Forces until his discharge in 1919. An American Soldier in World War I is an edited collection of more than one hundred letters that Browne wrote to his fiancée, Martha “Marty” Johnson, describing his experiences during World War I as part of the famed 42nd, or Rainbow, Division. From September 1917 until he was wounded in the Meuse-Argonne offensive in late October 1918, Browne served side by side with his comrades in the 117th Engineering Regiment. He participated in several defensive actions and in offensives on the Marne, at Saint-Mihiel, and in the Meuse-Argonne.

This extraordinary collection of Brownies letters reveals the day-to-day life of an American soldier in the European theater. The difficulties of training, transportation to France, dangers of combat, and the ultimate strain on George and Martys relationship are all captured in these pages. David L. Snead weaves the Browne correspondence into a wider narrative about combat, hope, and service among the American troops. By providing a description of the experiences of an average American soldier serving in the American Expeditionary Forces in France, this study makes a valuable contribution to the history and historiography of American participation in World War I.

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Collection of letters from soldier serving in WWI to his fiancé, detailing the difficulties of training, transportation to France, and the dangers of combat

About the Author

David L. Snead is a professor of history at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is the author of The Gaither Committee, Eisenhower, and the Cold War.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803213517
Author:
Browne, George
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Editor:
Snead, David L.
Author:
Snead, David L.
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Military - World War I
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Military
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Studies in War, Society, and the Military
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 photographs, 6 maps, index
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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