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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Overview

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
Sales rank: 820,475
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.

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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Forgotten Soldiers of World War I: America's Immigrant Doughboys 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LilacDreams More than 1 year ago
America was a nation of immigrants when it entered World War I. About twenty percent of America’s soldiers were foreign born. Many of these men knew no English. Or they may have known a few English words, but couldn’t read or write English. Many couldn’t read or write in their native language. The army developed a reading program for illiterate soldiers, but the war ended before they could benefit. Many native-born soldiers couldn’t read or write. It sounds amusing to think these men, when they arrived at their training camps, thought they were already in France, but how effective can an army be when so many don’t know what’s going on? The joke about when the sergeant taking roll call sneezed and fourteen men answered, “Here” is funny, but not the report of a corporal striking a Polish private in the jaw, breaking it and knocking out teeth, because the man couldn’t understand. Or the private who misunderstood orders and didn’t comply, who was then arrested and fined. Much of Forgotten Soldiers of World War I covers the training the men received. Some soldiers found themselves on the front lines a mere one hundred days after receiving their draft notices. Draftees were plugged into under-strength units with minimal training so the units could embark for France. Included are biographies of a few foreign-born, many who won the Medal of Honor. It would have been interesting to know more experiences of those who knew no English.