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