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With Their Bare Hands

General Pershing, the 79th Division, and the battle for Montfaucon
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ISBN-13:
9781472819253
Einband:
Ebook
Seiten:
400
Autor:
Gene Fax
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
2 - DRM Adobe
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

PrologueIntroductionChapter 1: Setting the StageChapter 2: War Comes to BaltimoreChapter 3:Creating an ArmyChapter 4: What Pershing Should Have KnownChapter 5: Training - The Army at War with ItselfChapter 6: Americans Reach the BattlefieldChapter 7: First Army Takes the FieldChapter 8: ConcentrationChapter 9: The GermansChapter 10: Over the Top and Up the Hill, September 26Chapter 11: Left, Right, and Straight Ahead, September 26Chapter 12: "Montfaucon Taken", September 27Chapter 13: Bois de Beuge and Nantillois, September 28Chapter 14: Bois 250 and Madeleine Farm, September 29-30Chapter 15: Interlude - Troyon Sector, October 1-28Chapter 16: Borne de Cornouiller and the Heights of the Meuse, October 29-November 10Chapter 15: Armistice to Home, November 11, 1918-June 4, 1919EpilogueAppendicesNotesBibliographyIndex
With Their Bare Hands traces the fate of the US 79th Division - men drafted off the streets of Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia - from boot camp in Maryland through the final years of World War I, focusing on their most famous engagement: the attack on Montfaucon, the most heavily fortified part of the German Line, during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in 1918. Using the 79th as a window into the American Army as a whole, Gene Fax examines its mistakes and triumphs, the tactics of its commander General John J. Pershing, and how the lessons it learned during the Great War helped it to fight World War II. Fax makes some startling judgments, on the role of future Army Chief-of-Staff, Colonel George C. Marshall; whether the Montfaucon battle - had it followed the plan - could have shortened the war; and if Pershing was justified in ordering his troops to attack right up to the moment of the Armistice. Drawing upon original documents, including orders, field messages, and the letters and memoirs of the soldiers themselves, Fax tells the engrossing story of the 79th Division's bloody involvement in the final months of World War I.