A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign

A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne CampaignA Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign by Edward G. Lengel
ISBN: 1444350943
Published by Wiley-Blackwell on May 5, 2014
Genres: Battles & Campaigns
Pages: 552

This impressive work contains essays by 29 historians on a variety of aspects pertaining to the largest and bloodiest battle in U.S. Army history until the Battle of the Bulge in World War Two. As B. H. Allen wrote in the Academia.edu Literature Review of the book, the battle “is barely even mentioned in most general histories of the Great War.”

The 47-day offensive in 1918 involved 1.2 million doughboys who suffered 122,000 casualties, including more than 26,000 dead. Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces John Pershing wrote that 22 American and 4 French divisions engaged and defeated 47 German divisions. Although the German divisions were smaller, they had the advantage of good defensive terrain and a well-established trench system. They also represented 25 percent of Germany’s divisional strength on the Western Front.

Allen noted that why the American accomplishment is ignored “is a controversy whose lines have predominantly been drawn along national borders. British and Canadian historians, with the notable exceptions of Basil Henry Liddell Hart and John Keegan, have largely dismissed the U.S. contribution as ‘above all psychological.’”

Hopefully, this book will help adjust that impression.

Reviewed by Dana Lombardy, publisher of WWOI

World War I Memories: An Annotated Bibliography of Personal Accounts Published in English Since 1919

World War I Memories: An Annotated Bibliography of Personal Accounts Published in English Since 1919World War I Memories: An Annotated Bibliography of Personal Accounts Published in English Since 1919 by Edward G. Lengel
ISBN: 0810850087
Published by Scarecrow Press on June 25th 2004
Genres: Reference
Pages: 321

Len's Summary: Contains a list of recommended books. Available from Rowman & Littlefield, 4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706 (800) 462-6420, Fax (301) 429-5748. Post-war memoirs published in or translated to English from writers from Austria-Hungary, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the USA and several others. The works of several noted veterans are included including those of America's most decorated Doughboy Alvin C. York, Belgian flying ace Baron Willie Coppins, British intelligence officer Richard Meinertzhagen, Liman von Sanders, Joseph Joffre and Benito Mussolini among a hosts of lesser-known participants. The author is associate editor at the University of Virginia. Useful for those seeking first-person accounts of the 1914-1918 conflict.

A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign

A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne CampaignA Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign by Edward G. Lengel
ISBN: 9781444350944
Published by John Wiley & Sons on May 5th 2014
Genres: History, General, History, Europe, Western, Military, World War I, World War II
Pages: 552

Len's Summary: Professor Lengel won the 2007 Tomlinson Book Prize for his monograph To Conquer Hell on the Meuse-Argonne, America’s bloodiest battle. As the title suggests, this book features analytical essays on French and German involvement by premier scholars from France, Australia, Germany, the US and the UK. Way too expensive. Get it from your local library.

To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918

To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918To Conquer Hell by Edward G. Lengel
ISBN: 9780805079319
Published by Macmillan on January 8th 2008
Genres: History, Military, World War I, United States
Pages: 491

Len's Summary: A new history of this major battle, the most costly in American history, by a Professor of History at the University of Virginia. Draws on primary sources including memoirs and letters of US veterans. Professor Lengel was a speaker at the the WFA-USA National Seminar at Carlisle, Pennsylvania in September where he was awarded 2007 WFA Norman B. Tomlinson Book Prize for this book.