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Great War and the American Experience

Great War and the American Experience

By (author) Bruno Cabanes


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  • Commemorates the centennial anniversary of America's involvement with the Great War
  • Contains archive photographs from the French ministry of defence
Full Description
The experience of American soldiers in World War I has long been neglected or misunderstood. Unlike most European nations, the United States were at war only for sixteen months. But the Great War also forged the U.S. military of the twentieth century and turned a small army, hardly prepared for combat with no tanks, no experienced commanders and no modern training system, into an army of citizen-soldiers. Relying extensively on newly discovered photographic archives, now available in France and the United States, this book explores the training camp experience at home, the journey overseas, the interaction with Allied soldiers and the local population, racial tensions, the horrors of total war, the experience of mass death, and the veterans' difficult re-entry into civilian life. Next year the French Ministry of Defence will visit the US Ministry of Defense, commemorating the centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI, on 6th April 1917.
About the Author
Bruno Cabanes is the Donald G. and Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History at the Ohio State University. He is the author of several books on WWI, including his most recent: August 1914. France, the Great War and A Month that Changed the World Forever (Yale University Press, 2016).
Editions Gallimard
29th Mar 2017
Paperback / softback
245 mm x 255 mm
160 Pages
150 color, b&w
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