Finding the Lost Battalion: Beyond the Rumors, Myths and Legends of America's Famous WW1 Epic

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Lulu.com, 2006 - History - 616 pages
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In 'Finding the Lost Battalion' author Robert J. Laplander meticulously chronicles what would become one of the most famous events of American participation in World War One, discovering the truths behind the legend. Drawing on hundreds of sources - many never before seen - and spanning eight years of research, including four trips to the sight of the action in France, Mr. Laplander leads the reader through the events in the Charlevaux Ravine during early October 1918, and the circumstances leading up to it, virtually hour by hour. In this way the book does not merely tell the story itself, but explains why it all came about in the first place. The end result is the single most factual acounting of the Lost Battalion and their leader, Charles W. Whittlesey, to date, told in an entertaining, fast moving style. Never dry or boring, as some military tomes can be, this one is sure to quickly become a favorite on your shelf and the benchmark against which all further work on the Lost Battalion will be measured.
 

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Contents

i Preface and Authors Note to the 1st Edition
9
ii Foreword
13
iii About This Book
17
An Introduction to the Story Of the Lost Battalion
21
The War Nobody Wanted
31
The Metropolitan Division and Galloping Charlie
37
From Camp Upton to the Vesle
53
Up In the Argonne
67
October 3 1918pm
307
October 4 1918am
327
October 4 1918pm
345
October 5 1918am
375
October 5 1918pm
391
October 6 1918am
407
October 6 1918am
421
October 7 1918 am
443

September 26 1918
91
September 27 1918
111
September 28 1918
131
September 29 1918
153
September 30 1918
179
October 1 1918
199
Photo Section 1
223
October 2 1918am
229
October 2 1918pm
249
October 3 1918am
279
October 7 1918pm
467
Photo Section 2
495
October 8 1918
515
Survivors and Casualties
533
Creating a Legend
567
In The Ravin dCharlevaux
571
Lists of Individuals Known to Have Been In the Charlevaux Ravine October 27 1918
575
Bibliography and Consulted Sources
591
Index
605
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