Betrayal at Little Gibraltar: A German Fortress, a Treacherous American General, and the Battle to End World War I

Betrayal at Little Gibraltar: A German Fortress, a Treacherous American General, and the Battle to End World War I

by William Walker


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ISBN-13: 9781501117893
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 686,755
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

An educator and writer with a lifelong fascination for military history, William Walker grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, exploring the Civil War forts surrounding the city. After a forty-year career in college teaching and administration, he returned to his first love of military history to investigate a pivotal incident in America’s largest and bloodiest battle, World War I’s Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Betrayal at Little Gibralter is his first book.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Words Tongned with Fire xi

Part I The Stakes

Chapter 1 "Horrors from the Abyss" 3

Major Harry Parkin's Affidavit 15

Chapter 2 Little Gibraltar of the Western Front 19

Chapter 3 "Do You Wish to Take Part in the Battle?" 37

Chapter 4 "This Appalling Proposition" 57

Chapter 5 "Feeling Like Crusaders" 73

Chapter 6 Training for Disaster 89

Chapter 7 "An Ominous, Dread-Inspiring Place" 107

Part II Battle and Betrayal

Chapter 8 Toward Montfaucon and into a Trap 129

Chapter 9 "The 79th Is Holding Up the Entire First Army" 147

Chapter 10 "Bayonet and Rifle Butt, Pistol and Trench Knife" 163

Chapter 11 "All America Is Behind Us" 187

Chapter 12 "Regardless of Cost" 201

Chapter 13 The Cost of "Regardless" 215

Chapter 14 Relief and Disgrace 229

Chapter 15 Into the Cyclone … Once Again 243

Chapter 16 Redemption on Corn Willy Hill 265

Chapter 17 Making Good … at Last 285

Part III The War After the War

Chapter 18 Controlling the Narrative 305

Chapter 19 Bullard, Bjornstad, and Booth 323

Chapter 20 Betrayal at Little Gibraltar 343

Chapter 21 Denkmal: Remembering the Doughboys 365

Epilogue "Some Could, Some Could Not, Shake Off Misery" 379

Appendix 389

Acknowledgments 391

Notes 395

Bibliography 417

Photograph Credits 431

Index 433

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Betrayal at Little Gibraltar: A German Fortress, a Treacherous American General, and the Battle to End World War I 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
3515387 More than 1 year ago
A superbly written history that reads with the excitement of a detective novel. Betrayal is military history at its best. It not only sheds light on a little know, but dramatic episode, but also explains how a great injustice was created and by whom. Finding an affidavit in the endpapers of a WWI history, the author, through exhaustive research into primary sources, discovers the truth behind a 98 year cover-up and determines the truth behind and enormous injustice. My grandfather served in the 79th Division and William Walker's book vindicates his and the other members of the 79th's service after a century of calumny. A must read for WWI buffs and anyone looking for an example of exemplary historical research and engaging writing. George C Wildrick USMA
Judy Ruth More than 1 year ago
As a long time ago West Point graduate I have been interested in political and military history forever. Mr. Walker's book caught my interest immediately from chapter one till the end. The betrayal by several senior military leaders in the US Army is so well documented by Mr. Walker. The comment that General Bullard should have served time in prison rather than receiving all of the awards that were given to him is so well documented and discussed. The reader will find the build up of the case fascinating---- from the platoon level up to and including General Pershing (by neglect in his case). The story of the strategy of having the 4th division do the turning movement and the 79th division doing the frontal assault was a major fault as the 79th division had only been in France for a few weeks. (Most of the soldiers in the 79th division had not even fired one shot since arriving off the boat. Almost no training. Terrible. The amount of research done by Mr. Walker is amazing. One can easily agree with his conclusions based on his research. Don't miss this book. John H. Ruth, Jr. West Point Class of 1959