Trench Knives and Mustard Gas: With the 42nd Rainbow Division in France

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Texas A&M University Press, 2004 - BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - 232 pages
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Originally serialized in the Chattanooga Times in 1934, this newly edited memoir of a solder on the front lines of World War I allows the author to tell his story to a new generation. Thompson takes the reader on a grueling journey with the 168th regiment of the 42nd Rainbow Division through the villages, towns, battlefields, and hospitals of France. Homesick for the States during his first months overseas, Thompson discovers that his platoon has become his second family. He becomes accustomed to the war's distortion of time and values. Friendships form and disappear in the hour it takes a stranger to die. When he is wounded, Germans serve as his stretcher bearers.
 

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Contents

Preface to the Original
3
Chapter 1
5
Chapter 2
14
Chapter 3
24
Chapter 4
34
Chapter 5
44
Chapter 6
53
Chapter 7
64
Chapter 11
107
Chapter 12
119
Chapter 13
132
Chapter 14
144
Chapter 15
156
Chapter 16
166
Chapter 17
179
Notes
191

Chapter 8
74
Chapter 9
85
Chapter 10
95
Further Reading
199
Index
201
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About the author (2004)

ROBERT H. FERRELL taught history for many years at Indiana University in Bloomington and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University, Robert H. Ferrell is the author or editor of many books in American foreign relations, presidential history, and military history, including Five Days in October: The Lost Battalion of World War I; Collapse at Meuse-Argonne: The Failure of the Missouri-Kansas Division; and most recently Argonne Days in World War I (all available from the University of Missouri Press). He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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