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Battery E in France 149th Field Artillery, Rainbow (42nd) Division by Frederic R. Kilner

Battery E in France 149th Field Artillery, Rainbow (42nd) Division by Frederic R. Kilner is an incredibly detailed and engaging account of the experiences of a military unit during World War I. Kilner’s writing style is succinct yet captivating, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the harrowing events of the time.

The book delves into the daily lives and challenges faced by the men of Battery E, providing a unique perspective on the war. Kilner skillfully introduces us to the diverse group of individuals comprising the unit, each with their own fears, dreams, and aspirations. This character-focused approach helps humanize the soldiers and creates an emotional connection between the readers and the narrative.

One of the standout aspects of the book is the meticulous attention given to historical accuracy. Kilner's extensive research is evident, as he seamlessly weaves together personal accounts, official documents, and historical context to provide an authentic portrayal of the war. His vivid descriptions of the battlefields, the equipment used, and the tactics employed allow readers to visualize the scenes and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by these brave men.

Moreover, Kilner skillfully blends personal narratives with the broader context of the Rainbow Division and its role in the overall war effort. This provides readers with a comprehensive view of the war while never losing sight of the individual experiences and sacrifices of the soldiers.

Throughout the book, Kilner’s writing exudes a deep sense of respect and admiration for the men he writes about. Their determination, courage, and camaraderie are demonstrated through both accounts of valor and glimpses into their everyday lives. Kilner pays tribute to the sacrifices made by these soldiers, honoring their memory while shedding light on the reality of war.

Battery E in France 149th Field Artillery, Rainbow (42nd) Division is a meticulously researched and emotionally impactful book that sheds light on an often overlooked aspect of World War I. Kilner’s ability to bring history to life through personal narratives makes this book a must-read for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the war and the incredible individuals who fought in it.

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149th Field Artillery Rainbow (42nd) Division



Copyright, 1919 by FREDERIC R. KILNER

As we shall the more devote ourselves, in peace and in war, to the cause of our Country's honor because they gave up their lives for its sake, so do we dedicate this record to them, the memory and the loss of whom its pages recall:

CAPTAIN FREDERICK W. WATERS Coblenz, Germany, January 13, 1919

LIEUTENANT JOHN E. COWAN Jonchery sur Suippes, France, July 17, 1918

CORPORAL STANLEY S. STEVENS Camp Coetquidan, France, November 21, 1917

PRIVATE GUY O. FOSTER Fere en Tardenois, France, August 10, 1918

PRIVATE GEORGE HAMA Bulson, France, November 9, 1918

PRIVATE AARON F. PARKHURST Chery Chartreuse, France, August 8, 1918


Since a battery comprises nearly two hundred men, and includes activities of diverse kinds at different places, it is obviously impossible for a brief narrative such as this, compiled by a single person, to furnish complete details on all of them. To suggest the life of the men in their various sorts of work, to trace as accurately as possible the accomplishments of the battery on the front in France, and to recount the outstanding incidents and events of its history, is as much as can be claimed for these chapters... Continue reading book >>

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