An American on the Western Front: The First World War Letters of Arthur Clifford Kimber, 1917-18 (Hardback)
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An American on the Western Front: The First World War Letters of Arthur Clifford Kimber, 1917-18 (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 07/07/2016
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This is the remarkable story of the American First World War serviceman Arthur Clifford Kimber. When his country entered the Great War in 1917, Kimber left Stanford University to carry the first official American flag to the Western Front. Fired by idealism for the French cause, the young student initially acted as a volunteer ambulance driver, before training as a pilot and taking part in dogfights against `the Boche'. His letters home give a vivid picture of what Kimber witnessed on his journey from Palo Alto, California to the front in France: keen-eyed descriptions of New York as it prepared for the forthcoming conflict, the privations of wartime Britain and France, and encounters with former president Theodore Roosevelt and Hollywood actress Lillian Gish. Kimber details his exhilaration, his everyday concerns and his horror as he adapts to an active wartime role. Arthur Clifford Kimber was one of the first Americans on the front line after the entry of the US into the war and, tragically, also one of the last to be buried there - killed in action just a few weeks before the end of the war. Here, his frank letters to his mother and brothers, compiled, edited and put in context by Patrick Gregory and Elizabeth Nurser, are published for the first time.

Publisher: The History Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780750960526
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 703 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 36 mm


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"Replete with excellent maps, many of Kimber's photographs, and with an index and adequate bibliography, An American on the Western Front is a valuable addition to the accounts of American participants in the Great War."--The Journal of America's Military Past
"A stand-out...remarkable...An American on the Western Front is both historically valuable and deeply moving. Patrick Gregory and Elizabeth Nurser are to be commended for bringing this lost aviator back to life in an exceptionally well-researched and well-illustrated volume." --Journal of Military History

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“A really enjoyable read. A well balanced mix of autobiographical material in the form of original letters plus extremely well researched background information.”

This interesting book follows the life of a young American, Arthur Clifford Kimber, who leaves his home, family and friends, education and his plans for the future in order to support the French cause in the First... More

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