History of the American Field Service in France, "Friends of France," 1914-1917 Volume 2

History of the American Field Service in France, "Friends of France," 1914-1917 Volume 2

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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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...section could reasonably desire; in a word experiencing everything---arrivees and departs, night driving without lights over unknown roads, without maps and only verbal directions as to how to find the pastes, and steady rolling, night and day, over shelled highways with but an occasional respite, owing to the volume of the work. From the first, Esplanade, situated in woods filled with French artillery, was the worst paste. In the process of searching out and trying to strafe the surrounding batteries, the ambulances suffered, and Lars Potter's car was wrecked. Happily, however, the shells came in just before the car was loaded and no one was hurt. This good luck clung to the Section throughout its six months' existence, saving the drivers often by a matter of minutes or yards. At this time the pailus, while undoubtedly weary of the war--as indeed who could help being after three years in the trenches?--nevertheless showed no sign of yielding. With America in the struggle, they felt confident of the final outcome; so the arrival of our troops was the subject of constant questioning. THE COURAGE OF THE WOUNDED THE courage of the wounded also early attracted our attention and won our admiration; for they scarcely ever permitted even a murmur to escape their lips, despite unavoidable jolting over rough roads or through shellholes; and their sincere appreciation of what we American volunteers were doing more than compensated us for any hardships and dangers connected with the work. The German wounded carried after the successful French attack of June 2I showed a surprising ignorance of what was happening in the outside world and did not even know that the United States had declared war. On the days off duty the...show more

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236781414
  • 9781236781413