Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken; Illustrated by Don Palmer-Vic Norris

Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken; Illustrated by Don Palmer-Vic Norris

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Argonne; more than 30 metres higher than any other eminence between the Meuse and the Argonne on either side of the old battle line. From an observation post on Mountfaucon it is said that the Crown Prince watched the many fruitless assaults upon Verdun in 1916. Even Dead Man's Hill and Hill 304, which figured so prominently in that struggle, were overtopped by it. French army strategists had declared unequivocally that the height was impregnable. We swiftly advanced over two crests of land which was unobstructed by trees or brush, but thickly sown with barbed wire. On the far side of the second crest, two abandoned 155millimeter guns were found. They were well supplied with ammunition which was stored in wicker cases nearby. The doughboys turned one gun around and fired a dozen rounds in the direction of the enemy; a stunt which caused Jerry to become excited and send over a few planes to discover whence came this unexpected harassing. They were at once assailed by our planes, and driven off after a lively air battle. Near these abandoned guns were several dugouts sheltered by a clump of old apple trees, among them a very snug place which had evidently been used as an artillery command post by the Germans. It was fitted with telephones and signal systems communicating with their old lines around the Crossroads. Our Medical Detachment speedily transformed it into an advanced dressing station. We now mounted the third ridge, which was covered by orchards on the near side. The divisions' right flank was now storming Montfaucon. Emerging from the orchards we found ourselves upon a bare, flat crest or plain, and up against an extensive system of trenches and barbed wire entanglements, many of which were twenty yards in width. Beyond...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236747992
  • 9781236747990