Forgotten Soldiers of World War I: America's Immigrant Doughboys

Forgotten Soldiers of World War I: America's Immigrant Doughboys

by Alexander F. Barnes, Peter L. Belmonte


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This book covers the entire spectrum of military service during World War I. It gives examples, including many photographs, from almost every ethnic and national group in the United States during this time. Including draft registration, induction and training, stateside service, overseas service, combat, return home, and discharge, learn the history of America’s foreign-born soldiers during World War I and how they adapted to military service to become part of the successful American Expeditionary Forces.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764355479
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 07/28/2018
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alexander F. Barnes served in the Marine Corps and Army National Guard, retiring as a Warrant Officer. He retired as an Army civilian in 2015, and is currently the Virginia National Guard Command Historian. He holds a master’s degree in anthropology and has authored four other books for Schiffer. Peter L. Belmonte is a retired US Air Force officer and freelance historian. A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, he holds a master's degree in history from California State University, Stanislaus. This is his second book published by Schiffer.

Peter L. Belmonte is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and freelance historian. He has written extensively on immigration and military history, and his current studies focus on the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8

Foreword: There's a Long, Long Trail A-winding … 9

Chapter 1 A Nation of Immigrants 18

Chapter 2 Draft Laws, Draft Registration, and Drafted Men 22

Chapter 3 Stateside Training and Service 33

Chapter 4 Naturalization and Deployment 51

Chapter 5 Over There: Combat Service in France 66

Chapter 6 Biographies 92

Chapter 7 The Home Front 102

Chapter 8 Unusual Events and Unique Episodes 109

Chapter 9 It's Finally Over: Armistice, Occupation, and Home Again 132

Chapter 10 Into the Land of My Dreams 154

Endnotes 173

Bibliography 182

Index 189

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