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Transcribers Notes

1. Passages in italics are surrounded by underscores . 2. Passages in bold are indicated by =bold=. 3. Minor printers errors have been corrected. A detailed list can be found at the end of this text. 4. Text spelling was common at the time of its publication. 5. All dialect spelling has been retained.

"AND THEY THOUGHT WE WOULDN'T FIGHT"

FLOYD GIBBONS

[Illustration: FLOYD GIBBONS]

"AND THEY THOUGHT WE WOULDN'T FIGHT"

BY

FLOYD GIBBONS

OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENT OF THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE , ACCREDITED TO THE AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES

NEW YORK

[Illustration]

GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY

Copyright, 1918, By George H. Doran Company

Printed in the United States of America

TO

GENERAL JOHN J. PERSHING

AND

THE AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES

I RESPECTFULLY DEDICATE THIS INADEQUATE RECORD IN REVERENT MEMORY OF OUR SACRED DEAD ON FIELDS IN FRANCE

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The author expresses his hearty thanks to The Chicago Tribune for the opportunity he enjoyed as a correspondent of that paper, in the service of which he secured the material for these papers.

Personal. AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES OFFICE OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF

France, August 17, 1918.

Mr. Floyd Gibbons, Care Chicago Tribune, 420 Sue Saint Honore, P a r i s.

Dear Mr. Gibbons:

At this time, when you are returning to America, I wish to express to you my appreciation of the cordial cooperation and assistance you have always given us in your important work as correspondent of the Chicago Tribune in France. I also wish to congratulate you on the honor which the French government has done you in giving you the Croix de Guerre, which is but a just reward for the consistent devotion to your duty and personal bravery that you have exhibited.

My personal regrets that you are leaving us at this time are lessened by the knowledge of the great opportunity you will have of giving to our people in America a true picture of the work of the American soldier in France and of impressing on them the necessity of carrying on this work to the end, which can be accomplished only by victory for the Allied arms. You have a great opportunity, and I am confident that you will grasp it, as you have grasped your past opportunities, with success. You have always played the game squarely and with courage, and I wish to thank you.

Sincerely yours,

John J. Pershing.

G. Q. G. A. le July 28, 1918.

COMMANDEMENT EN CHEF DES ARMÉES ALLIES LE GÉNÉRAL

MONSIEUR,

I understand that you are going to the United States to give lectures on what you have seen on the French front.

No one is more qualified than you to do this, after your brilliant conduct in the Bois de Belleau.

The American Army has proved itself to be magnificent in spirit, in gallantry and in vigor; it has contributed largely to our successes. If you can thus be the echo of my opinion I am sure you will serve a good purpose.

Very sincerely yours,

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