Synopses & Reviews
Dedicated to the life of the average US soldier during World War I, this book follows the doughboy during the course of the war: from conscription, arrival at a training facility, transportation to Europe, and finally into combat in the trenches. The evolution of the US Army is discussed, and its organization, the tension between Pershings desire for “open” warfare and the actual reality of trench warfare is examined in detail. Appearance, equipment and weaponry of the American soldier are all featured, along with vivid descriptions of day-to-day experiences and the shock of combat on the front.
Motivation, training, combat experiences and equipment of individual soldiers. Each book concentrates on the service conditions, dress and equipment, motivation, training, recruitment and experiences of fighting men and women. Clothing, weaponry and equipment are shown in exploded diagrams. Most often remembered for the part they played on the Western Front during the latter years of World War I, US Doughboys also served with distinction in the Philippines and Mexico prior to their arrival in France. This book provides an overview of the experiences of the common US soldier from 1916-19.
Using primary source material, this volume takes a look at the life of the common US soldier during World War I. It follows the Doughboy throughout the war, and also covers occupational duty in Germany after the war's end, and the experiences of those sent to Russia and Italy.
About the Author
Thomas A Hoff is a long time student and re-enactor of World War I. He combines a teaching post in History at Northeastern Illinois University, where he is currently developing a class on World War I, with work for the Chicago Police Department as a part-time detective. He is married to Mary, has two children and lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.