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.
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 IMAGE: B2694.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/yakkunmm LINKS: 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.