On the western front with the Rainbow Division : a World War I diary /
by Vernon E. Kniptash ; edited by E. Bruce Geelhoed ; foreword by William R. Kniptash.
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2009.
xiii, 236 p.
0806140321 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780806140322 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2009.
0806140321 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780806140322 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Main Description
An ordinary soldier's day-by-day account of the Great War Vernon E. Kniptash, an Indiana national guardsman who served in the Rainbow Division during World War I, observed firsthand some of the Great War's fiercest fighting. As a radio operator with the Headquarters Company of the 150th Field Artillery, he was in constant contact with French and British forces as well as with American troops, and thus gained a broad perspective on the hostilities. Editor E. Bruce Geelhoed introduces and annotates Kniptash's war diaries, published here for the first time. With clarity and compelling detail, Kniptash describes the experiences of an ordinary soldier thrust into the most violent conflict the world had seen. He tells of his enthusiasm upon enlistment and of the horrors of combat that followed, as well as the drudgery of daily routine. He renders unforgettable profiles of his fellow soldiers and commanders, and manages despite the strains of warfare to leaven his writing with humor. Readers will share Kniptash's ordeals as he participates in the furious effort to stem a major German offensive, followed by six months of violent combat and the massive Allied counteroffensive that ended the war. Because Kniptash was called to remain with the Army of Occupation in Germany after his unit was shipped home, his diaries cover the full extent of American participation in the war.
Main Description
An ordinary soldier's day-by-day account of the Great War
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
From Indianapolis to the Western Front, April 26, 1917-February 19, 1918p. 17
Stemming the German Offensives, February 20-July 20, 1918p. 46
From Chateau-Thierry to the Armistice, July 21-November 11, 1918p. 72
The March to the Rhine and the Occupation of Germany, November 12, 1918-April 1, 1919p. 137
"This Guerre Is Sure Finis," April 2-May 9, 1919p. 194
Epiloguep. 217
Appendix: Rosterp. 221
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 229
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