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First Over There: The Attack on Cantigny,…

First Over There: The Attack on Cantigny, America's First Battle of…

by Matthew J. Davenport

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This is an intensely detailed book that describes the USA expeditionary force's first major WWI engagement, Cantigny. The author provides some basic map and unit positions which are helpful in following the battle as it progresses. The injuries and deaths (both German and US) he describes are horrific. It is humbling to realize that these were real people. This comes across vividly in Davenport's account of the action. A very good read if you are a military history buff. ( )
  Reimerra | Nov 5, 2015 |
An in depth look at America's first major engagement in World War 1 at Catigny, France. America stands on the sidelines during the first years of the war finally drawn in by German U-boat attacks and the Zimmerman cable. Davenport does a great job putting you in the trenches, feeling the mortar shells and the ever present immediacy of death. I teach History in college and students and Americans in general know very little about our countries' efforts like who "Black" Jack Pershing was and what it was really like to fight in the trenches. This book helps fill our collective Amnesia about the war. ( )
  muddyboy | Aug 12, 2015 |
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