Pershing’s Crusaders: The American Soldier in World War I

Pershing’s Crusaders: The American Soldier in World War IPershing's Crusaders: The American Soldier in World War I by Richard Faulkner
ISBN: 0700623736
Published by University Press of Kansas on March 17, 2017
Genres: Tomlinson
Pages: 784

Richard Faulkner’s incredible work on the doughboys of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) is imminently timely. …an extremely well researched and detailed account written by an Army veteran and World War I scholar…. It is based on the models of Bell Irvin Wiley’s The Life of Johnny Reb and The Life of Billy Yank, which makes it very readable and interesting…

Faulkner traces the steps of soldiers from their basic training until their discharge from active service. What should be readily apparent is that two million men of the AEF had two million perspectives of their experiences. While there are commonalities, the reader finds that each doughboy experienced something different as units were formed, broken apart, reformed, deployed, retrained, committed to action, committed to occupation duty, and then redeployed in different situations. Amazingly, most of this happened in the span of just over two years.

The Herculean efforts to raise, train, deploy, operate, and redeploy a huge force on very short timelines is a tribute to American know-how and ingenuity. What is also apparent is the total unpreparedness of the U.S. Army to fight in a modern, industrialized war. Faulkner covers the “down-side” of the doughboys’ experiences as well. The lack of trained leaders, the reliance on British and French trainers, the use of British and French armaments, and the complete unpreparedness to deal with chemical warfare are but a few of the issues covered….

Pershing’s Crusaders superbly adds to the body of knowledge regarding American soldiers and marines in World War I.

Abridged from the book review by Lt. Col. Edwin L. Kennedy Jr., U.S. Army, Retired and is reprinted with the permission of Military Review, the Professional Journal of the US Army, Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. It was originally published in the June 2017 Military Review Online Book Review.

The Russian Army in the Great War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917

The Russian Army in the Great War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917The Russian Army in the Great War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917 by David R. Stone
ISBN: 0700620958
Published by University Press of Kansas on April 10, 2015
Genres: Reference
Pages: 368

Histories of the Eastern Front in WW1 written and published in the West have relied upon German and Austrian sources, supplemented by writings of Russian exiles. David Stone was able to access Russian archives, including Soviet staff studies published after 1918, but he admits that some statistical data are still difficult if not impossible to obtain due to disorganized record keeping and the chaos of the revolution.

This is an illuminating and outstanding source book, as well as an engaging narrative of a major theater of the war not well known and underappreciated. Russia’s importance is evident in Germany’s decision to keep 47 of its 89 divisions in the East despite the launch of attacks in the West in the spring of 1918. Even in defeat, Russia played a role in weakening Germany’s offensive ability.

The review in The Journal of Military History noted that Stone “very deftly weaves into the narrative what the forces of the Central Powers were doing in reaction to and in anticipation of Russian strategy and tactics.”

Reviewed by Dana Lombardy, publisher of WWOI

Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915

Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915 by Graydon A. Tunstall
ISBN: 0700618589
Published by University Press of Kansas on May 11, 2010
Genres: Battles & Campaigns
Pages: 258

Winner of the 2010 Tomlinson Prize Award

This is the first book-length account of the Carpathian campaign of 1915, described by some as the “Stalingrad of the First World War.” It was also the first English-language account of WW1 Eastern Front military operations in more than 30 years.

Tunstall did research in Vienna’s and Budapest’s War Archives, and his narrative incorporates material drawn from eyewitness accounts, personal diaries, army logbooks, and correspondence among members of the high command. He shows that the roots of the Habsburg collapse in Russia in 1916 were established in the winter campaign of 1915. Its accolades and Tomlinson award were well deserved.

Reviewed by Dana Lombardy, publisher of WWOI

The U.S. Army War College Quarterly Parameters: “The book is a detailed case study, based on extensive primary source research, of an attempt to devise a viable strategy to meet drastically-changed, unforeseen conditions with impending crisis….”

New York Military Affairs Symposium, NYMAS Review: “In giving a full account of the winter war, Tunstall has rendered a vital service to our understanding of World War I. This is a must book for experts and novices alike.”

They Fought for the Motherland: Russia’s Women Soldiers in World War I and the Revolution

They Fought for the Motherland: Russia’s Women Soldiers in World War I and the RevolutionThey Fought for the Motherland: Russia's Women Soldiers in World War I and the Revolution by Laurie Stoff
ISBN: 9780700614851
Published by University Press of Kansas on November 15th 2006
Genres: Military, Russia & the Former Soviet Union, Social Science, Women's Studies
Pages: 294

Doughboys on the Great War: How American Soldiers Viewed their Military Experience

Doughboys on the Great War:  How American Soldiers Viewed their Military  ExperienceDoughboys on the Great War: How American Soldiers Viewed Their Military Experience by Edward A. Gutièrrez
ISBN: 9780700619900
Published by University Press of Kansas on September 19th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, United States, Veterans
Pages: 308

Len's Summary: Illuminates the war through veterans’ own statements. // Remembrances of America soldiers written in 1919 when memories were fresh.

America’s Deadliest Battle: Meuse-Argonne, 1918

America’s Deadliest Battle: Meuse-Argonne, 1918America's Deadliest Battle: Meuse-Argonne, 1918 by Robert H. Ferrell
ISBN: 0700618570
Published by University Press of Kansas on February 1st 2007
Genres: History, Military, Strategy, World War I, United States
Pages: 195

Len's Summary: A new analysis of America’s largest and costliest (26 thousand dead) WWI battle by a premier American historian.

The Russian Army in the Great War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917

The Russian Army in the Great War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917The Russian Army in the Great War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1917 by David R. Stone
ISBN: 0700620958
Published by University Press of Kansas on April 10th 2015
Genres: Military, Russia & the Former Soviet Union, World War I
Pages: 368

Len's Summary: Out of print; check used booksellers.

Four Hats in the Ring: The 1912 Election and the Birth of Modern American Politics

Four Hats in the Ring: The 1912 Election and the Birth of Modern American PoliticsFour Hats in the Ring: The 1912 Election and the Birth of Modern American Politics by Lewis L. Gould
ISBN: 9780700618569
Published by University Press of Kansas on April 9th 2008
Genres: History, United States, 20th Century, Political Science, Political Process, Campaigns & Elections
Pages: 254

Len's Summary: A snap shot of American politics on the eve of The Great War. Roosevelt, Wilson, Taft and socialist candidate Eugene Debs duke it out at the apogee of the Progressive Era.

Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915

Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915 by Graydon A. Tunstall
ISBN: 9780700618583
Published by University Press of Kansas on May 11th 2010
Genres: History, Military, World War I, Europe, Russia & the Former Soviet Union, Austria & Hungary
Pages: 258

Len's Summary: The Russian and Austro-Hungarian armies each suffered about a million casualties in this disastrous series of three offensives which paved the way for the disintegration of the Habsburg army. Dr. Tunstall is executive Director of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, and chairs WFA’s Undergraduate Essay Prize award panel.

Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson’s First Ladies

Ellen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson’s First LadiesEllen and Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies by Kristie Miller
ISBN: 9780700617371
Published by University Press of Kansas on October 15th 2010
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Political, Presidents & Heads of State, Women, History, United States, 20th Century, Social Science, Women's Studies
Pages: 348

Len's Summary: Wilson’s wives major influence on his life and politics.

The Romanian Battlefront in World War I

The Romanian Battlefront in World War IThe Romanian Battlefront in World War I by Glenn E. Torrey
ISBN: 9780700620173
Published by University Press of Kansas on August 1st 2014
Genres: History, Europe, Eastern, Military, World War I, Romania
Pages: 440

Len's Summary: Combined German and Austro-Hungarian attacks quickly defeated the Romanian Army in 1916 obliging her allies to devote considerable force to staving off total Romanian collapse and attempting to prevent the Germans from seizing Romanian oil. One of a growing number books available in English on the Eastern Front and the Balkan Peninsula in WWI.

Scarlet Fields: The Combat Memoir of a World War I Medal of Honor Hero

Scarlet Fields: The Combat Memoir of a World War I Medal of Honor HeroScarlet Fields: The Combat Memoir of a World War I Medal of Honor Hero by John Lewis Barkley
ISBN: 9780700620197
Published by University Press of Kansas on August 15th 2014
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, History, World War I, United States, 20th Century, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 268

Len's Summary: First published in 1930 as No Hard Feelings by a veteran infantryman of the Fourth Regiment, Third Division.

Devil Dogs Chronicle: Voices of the Fourth Marine Brigade

Devil Dogs Chronicle: Voices of the Fourth Marine BrigadeDevil Dogs Chronicle: Voices of the Fourth Marine Brigade by George B. Clark
ISBN: 9780700618965
Published by University Press of Kansas on March 2nd 2013
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Military, History, World War I, United States
Pages: 411

Len's Summary: The history of the ten thousand men, part of the Second Division AEF, who made up the only large Marine unit to fight in World War One. The author is a Marine veteran with several other books under his belt.

A Fraternity of Arms: America and France in the Great War

A Fraternity of Arms:  America and France in the Great WarA Fraternity of Arms by Robert Bowman Bruce
ISBN: 9780700612536
Published by University Press of Kansas on 2003
Genres: History, Europe, France, Military, Strategy, World War I, Political Science, International Relations, General
Pages: 380

Len's Summary: Thanks in large measure to expert (and often bilingual) French instructors a core of four 28,000-man divisions of the American army was ready to join the French in blunting and then reversing the final German push on Paris at the Marne in July 1918. It is in the resounding German setback on the Marne of July 18, 1918 – not their August 8th defeat by the British at Amiens – that Bruce finds the beginning of the end for German arms on the Western Front.