Thunder and Flames: Americans in the Crucible of Combat, by Edward G. Lengel

By Edward G. Lengel

November 1917. the yank troops have been poorly informed, poor in army apparatus and doctrine, no longer remotely prepared for armed clash on a wide scale—and they might arrived at the Western entrance to assist the French chase away the Germans. the tale of what occurred next—the American Expeditionary Force's trial through hearth at the brutal battlefields of France—is instructed in complete for the 1st time in Thunder and Flames.

Where heritage has given us a few viewpoint at the person battles of the period—at Cantigny, Chateau Thierry, Belleau wooden, the Marne River, Soissons, and little-known Fismette—they look right here as a part of a bigger sequence of interconnected operations, all carried out by way of american citizens new to the deadly killing fields of global battle I and guided through the battle-tested French. Following the AEF from their preliminary touchdown to their emergence as an autonomous military in past due September 1918, this publication provides a fancy photograph of the way, studying battle at the fly, occasionally with devastating results, the yank strength performed a serious function in blunting after which rolling again the German army's force towards Paris. the image that emerges is instantly sweeping in scope and wealthy intimately, with firsthand testimony conjuring the true dust and blood of the strive against that Edward Lengel so vividly describes. reliable experiences and records give you the strategic and historic context for those ground-level money owed, from the viewpoint of the Germans in addition to the american citizens and French.

Battle by way of conflict, Thunder and Flames unearths the price of the inadequacies in U.S. education, apparatus, logistics, intelligence, and command, besides the rifts within the Franco-American army marriage. however it additionally indicates how, by way of trial and mistake, via success and ingenuity, the AEF rapidly grew to become the self reliant struggling with strength of basic John "Blackjack" Pershing's long-held dream—its divisions eventually one of the so much combat-effective army forces to work out the struggle through.

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