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Historians have been unkind to the 26th Division of the U.S. Army during World War I. Despite playing a significant role in all the major engagements of the American Expeditionary Force, the “Yankee Division,” as it was commonly known, and its beloved commanding officer, Maj. Gen. Clarence Edwards, were often at odds with Gen. John J. Pershing. Subsequently, the Yankee Division became the A.E.F.’s “whipping boy,” a reputation that has largely continued to the present day.
In The Yankee Division in the First World War, author Michael E. Shay mines a voluminous body of first-person accounts to set forth an accurate record of the Yankee Division in France—a record that is, as he reports, “better than most.” Shay sheds new light on the ongoing conflict in leadership and notes that two of the division’s regiments received the coveted Croix de Guerre, the first ever awarded to an American unit.
This first-rate study should find a welcome place on military history bookshelves, both for scholars and students of the Great War and for interested general readers.
". . . gives the reader a comprehensive look at the division and its experience in the war." -- A. A. Nofi, Strategy Page
— A. A. Nofi
". . . adds substantially to the revisionist history of the American battle experience in the Great War."--Journal of Military History
List of Illustrations
Ch. 1 Muster and Sailing 1
Ch. 2 Training 19
Ch. 3 Chemin des Dames 45
Ch. 4 Toul Sector 69
Ch. 5 Chateau-Thierry (Aisne-Marne) 103
Ch. 6 St. Mihiel 143
Ch. 7 Troyon Sector 163
Ch. 8 Verdun (Neptune Sector) - Meuse-Argonne 175
Ch. 9 Homeward Bound 207
App. I Makeup of 26th Division 235
App. II Location of 26th Division Headquarters in France 239