A Machine-Gunner in France: The Memoirs of Ward Schrantz, 35th Division, 1917-1919 - North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series (Hardback)
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A Machine-Gunner in France: The Memoirs of Ward Schrantz, 35th Division, 1917-1919 - North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 30/04/2019
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This is the WWI memoir of Ward Schrantz, a National Guard officer and machine gun company commander in the Kansas-Missouri 35th Division. He extensively documents his experiences and those of his men, from training at Camp Doniphan to their voyage across the Atlantic, and to their time in the trenches in France's Vosges Mountains and ultimately to their return home. He devotes much of his memoir to the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, in which the 35th Division suffered heavy casualties and made only moderate gains before being replaced by fresh troops. Schrantz also describes the daily life of a soldier, including living conditions, relations between officers and enlisted men, and the horrific experience of combat.

Editor Jeffrey Patrick combines his narrative with excerpts from a detailed history of the unit that Schrantz wrote for his local newspaper, and also provides an editor's introduction and annotations.

Publisher: University of North Texas Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9781574417531
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is a significant contribution to the field. Schrantz's account is well written and provides enough color to interest the general reader. At the same time, the author provides the details of military operations and the daily lives of the doughboys to interest military history scholars."--Richard Faulkner, author of Pershing's Crusaders: The American Soldier in World War I

"Mr. Patrick's discovery of Ward Schrantz's memoirs is a valuable find . . . very few published personal, primary accounts for the 35th Division exist, so this book will have great significance to the WWI research community. Schrantz provides lots of wonderful details about what it was like to fight in France, especially during the Meuse-Argonne battle where the 35th Division fell apart a few days after the attack commenced."--Mitchell Yockelson, author of Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing's Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I

"Schrantz's memoirs recount vivid details as the Carthage men transitioned from the Mexican border to life on the front lines in Europe, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, and their experiences post-armistice. Patrick has edited this work into a cohesive narrative, providing introductions, detailed notes, and context for readers . . . Thanks to Patrick and Schrantz, the Carthage Light Guard stand as one of the most well documented companies who served on the Mexican border and the front lines of Europe."--Brian Grubbs, Project Manager, Over There: Missouri and the Great War

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