By Alan D. Gaff
During this exact heritage of the "Lost Battalion" of worldwide battle I, Alan D. Gaff tells for the 1st time the tale of the 77th department from the point of view of the warriors within the ranks. On October 2, 1918, Maj. Charles W. Whittlesey led the 77th department in a profitable assault on German defenses within the Argonne wooded area of northeastern France. His unit, constituted of males of a large mixture of ethnic backgrounds from long island urban and the western states, used to be no longer a battalion nor was once it ever "lost," yet as soon as a newspaper editor utilized the time period "lost battalion" to the episode, it caught. Gaff attracts from new, unimpeachable sources--such as sworn testimony through infantrymen who survived the ordeal--to right the myths and legends and to bare what quite occurred within the Argonne wooded area in the course of early October 1918.
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From the author’s collection. ” Men obediently went inside, but the novelty of their situation kept sleep at bay. ” Each darkened building soon witnessed a cacophony of belches, animal sounds, real and mock farts, conversation, shouts, and just plain odd noises. Practical jokers pounced upon those who nodded off early and either folded them inside collapsible cots or encased them in their mattress and threw the entire bundle down flights of stairs at breakneck speed. 22 Sergeants and corporals, swaggering through the barracks and shouting at the top of their lungs, jolted sleeping men awake in the morning.
Medical officers determined that the old Indian fighter, then sixty-two years of age, was not up to the task of leading the Seventyseventh Division in action. Bell remained in New York during the war and died on January 8, 1919, while the Liberty Division was still in France. Very few soldiers were found unfit for service during these spring inspections. ” Men high on the list for transfer included conscientious objectors, those with histories of AWOL or venereal disease, and soldiers who had fallen into disfavor with superiors.
16 During these bleak and unsettled winter months, the most dependable source of amusement was the phonograph. Most companies took up a collection of one dollar per man, accumulating funds for purchase of a phonograph and an assortment of popular recordings. Determined record spinners had selections that harmonized with the daily bugle calls. ”17 For months the residents of New The rich girl’s watch is made of gold, York City had seen thousands of The poor girl’s is of brass, their young men disappear into the My Lulu needs no watch at all Long Island wilderness, returning There’s movement in her ass!
Blood in the Argonne: The ''Lost Battalion'' of World War I (Campaigns and Commanders) by Alan D. Gaff