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Pennsylvanian voices of the Great War : letters, stories, and oral histories of World War I
Richards, J. Stuart, 1949-
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2002]

Physical Description:
vii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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D640.A2 P46 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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"I guess you all are wondering where I am May. Well many miles away and settled at last and ready for some hard work. The sooner we get into it the quicker it is going to be over and all admit that it is up to America to finish the job and what I have been able to hear, they think it will be over in two or three months. Well the sooner the better now that we have come this far. Have sure traveled some and will have loads to tell you when I come home."--Lt. W. Ellsworth Gregory. Letters from soldiers to local newspapers during wartime had been popular since the Civil War, but World War I marked the end of this practice, as most letters were highly censored to keep the names of cities and landmarks from the public in an effort to keep any military intelligence from the enemy in World War I. This work is a collection of letters, stories, and oral histories of Pennsylvanians in World War I. The letters and stories compiled here were published in local newspapers, and now give readers a rare look at what their writers experienced in the trenches, in the air, on the sea, in the hospitals, and on the home front during the war.

Author Notes

J. Stuart Richards is an electronics technician for the Department of Defense. He lives in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 1917: Lafayette, Nous Voicip. 9
2 The Early Months of 1918p. 16
3 The German Spring Offensive Beginsp. 25
4 June 1918: The Defense of the Linep. 36
5 July 1918: The Allied Offensivep. 64
6 August 1918: The Allies Gain the Initiativep. 105
7 September 1918: "On to Cambrai" Is the Cryp. 152
8 October 1918: Unconditional Surrender Demandedp. 168
9 November 1918: The Armistice--the Eleventh Hour, the Eleventh Day, the Eleventh Monthp. 175
Appendix American Combat Divisions, World War Ip. 227
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 241