With Their Bare Hands, General Pershing, The 79th Division, and the Battle of Montfaucon


DESCRIPTION: This new book investigates America's most devastating 
battle of WWI. The US Army arrived in France in the closing stages 
of the most devastating trench war in history  – Most Recommended.

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NAME: With Their Bare Hands, General Pershing, The 79th Division, 
and the Battle of Montfaucon
FILE: R2694
AUTHOR: Gene Fax
PUBLISHER: Osprey, Bloomsbury
BINDING: soft back
PAGES:  495
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, World War I, World War One, First World War, The Great 
War, US Army, Western Front, French Army, Battle of Montfaucon, 79th 
Division, French Generals, BEF, General Pershing

ISBN: 978-1-47281-923-9

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DESCRIPTION: This new book investigates America's most devastating 
battle of WWI. The US Army arrived in France in the closing stages 
of the most devastating trench war in history  – Most Recommended.

Remarkably little has been written about the US Army's part in the 
closing stages of WWI and particularly their baptism of fire in the 
important Battle of Montfaucon. The author has created an impressive 
work that recounts the courage of raw US troops and the actions of 
the top commanders. This is likely to be the definitive work on this 
subject. All this at an aggressively low cover price.

The US involvement in the Great War followed a long period of 
hesitancy in the face of German provocation with unrestricted 
submarine warfare. When the US finally took the plunge there was 
haste to become involved on the ground and in the air on the Western 
Front. Ill-prepared troops were poured into Europe. To add to their 
woes, they were committed to an assault on the most heavily 
fortified part of the German Line. They became a critical part of 
the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in 1918.

The Russian Revolution had provided the Germans with the opportunity 
to move all of their troops from the East to the Western Front. 
Britain and France needed an influx of numbers to shore up their 
position immediately. The US politicians also showed many signs of 
wanting to rush to battle to enable them to take part fully in the 
eventual peace talks. No one seems to have thought deeply about the 
implications for raw American troops. How much choice there was in 
training, equipment and deployment is arguable, but political 
considerations were a major, if not the major, consideration for 
the US, French and British.

The author makes some startling judgements on Colonel George C 
Marshall and on the approach to the Battle of Montfaucon. Success 
could have significantly shortened the war but the decisions by 
General Pershing are open to criticism and controversy. He fully 
honoured the US commitment to the Allied campaigns by throwing his 
troops into the Battle of Montfaucon and continuing to attack right 
up to the Armistice.

The text is based on thorough research and the use of original 
documents from orders and field messages, to the letters and memoirs 
of the soldiers who took part in the bloodbath. An engrossing story 
that has been told well and supported by maps and an excellent 
photo-plate section.