Trench Knives and Mustard Gas

Trench Knives and Mustard Gas : With the 42nd Rainbow Division in France

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In Trench Knives and Mustard Gas, the memoir of a soldier on the front lines of World War I, Hugh S. Thompson combines the fast-paced prose of the Jazz Age with the passionate observations of an engaged intellectual. Originally serialized in the Chattanooga Times in 1934, this newly edited version allows the author to tell his story to a new generation. Thompson takes the reader on a grueling journey with the 168th regiment of the 42nd Rainbow Division through the villages, towns, battlefields, and hospitals of France. Severely wounded in his arm and back, Thompson reassesses his situation after visiting comrades who lost arms or legs. "I went back to my tent," he recalls, "almost ashamed of my own lucky wounds." Homesick for the States during his first months overseas, Thompson discovers that his platoon has become his second family. He becomes accustomed to the war's distortion of time and values. Friendships form and disappear in the hour it takes a stranger to die. When he is wounded, Germans serve as his stretcher bearers. If war does not destroy the physical man, it nonetheless leads to strange experiences. Trench Knives and Mustard Gas brings the front lines of the Great War to the hearts and minds of its more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 162.6 x 241.3 x 22.9mm | 544.32g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 21 b/w photographs, 4 maps
  • 1585442909
  • 9781585442904
  • 2,432,258

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." . . provides unique insight into one of the American Army's more celebrated World War I units, the 42nd 'Rainbow Division.' Bob has located a rare source that will make a fine addition to the World War I books previously published by Texas A&M University Press."--Mitchell A. Yockelson, Archivistshow more

About Hugh S. Thompson

Editor Robert H. Ferrell received his Ph.D. from Yale University, and for many years he taught history at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is the author of Woodrow Wilson and World War I and Harry S Truman: A Biography. He currently lives in Ann Arbor, more

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