Duty, Honor, Privilege: New York's Silk Stocking Regiment and the Breaking of the Hindenberg Line

Duty, Honor, Privilege: New York's Silk Stocking Regiment and the Breaking of the Hindenberg Line

by Stephen L. Harris
     
 

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On September 29, 1918, a regiment of volunteers from New York State, many of them rich boys from Manhattan, attacked the feared Hindenburg Line, one of the strongest defensive systems ever devised. At a frightful cost, suffering more killed on a single day than any other regiment in American history, they broke the enemy and helped conclude World War I. See more details below

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On September 29, 1918, a regiment of volunteers from New York State, many of them rich boys from Manhattan, attacked the feared Hindenburg Line, one of the strongest defensive systems ever devised. At a frightful cost, suffering more killed on a single day than any other regiment in American history, they broke the enemy and helped conclude World War I.

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Inspired by stories told by his great-uncle, Harris describes the experience of New York's Seventh Regiment and the losses it suffered in France near the end of the First World War. Made up largely of volunteer "society boys" from uptown Manhattan and the wealthier suburbs of New York, the regiment also included farmers and the sons of small-town merchants. On Sept. 29, 1918, they attacked the formidable Hindenburg Line; at huge cost to the regiment, they helped break Germany's hold and bring the war to a close. Harris, a freelance journalist based in Vermont, makes extensive use of dramatic accounts of battle by the soldiers themselves, found in letters and articles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574882018
Publisher:
Potomac Books, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.24(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen L. Harris is the author of Duty, Honor, Privilege: New York’s Silk Stocking Regiment and the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line (Brassey’s, Inc., 2001), Harlem’s Hell Fighters: The African-American 369th Infantry in World War I (Brassey’s, Inc., 2003), and Duffy's War: Fr. Francis Duffy, Wild Bill Donovan, and the Irish Fighting 69th in World War I (Potomac Books, 2006). He lives in Weybridge, Vermont.

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