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THE FIGHT FOR THE ARGONNE

Personal Experiences of a "Y" Man

by

WILLIAM BENJAMIN WEST

With an Introduction by

BURGES JOHNSON

[Illustration: FORD CAMIONETTE DRIVEN BY W. B. WEST]

[Illustration]

The Abingdon Press New York Cincinnati

Copyright, 1919, by William Benjamin West

TO THE BOYS OF THE 37th DIVISION A.E.F. WITH WHOM I WAS PRIVILEGED TO SERVE ON THE ALSATIAN BORDER AND IN THE ARGONNE

FIGHTING UNITS OF THE 37th DIVISION GUARD ARMY (OHIO) AND THEIR COMMANDING PERSONNEL ON SEPT. 5th, 1918

37TH DIVISION

MAJOR GENERAL C.S. FARNSWORTH Commanding.

LIEUT. COLONEL DANA T. MERRILL Chief of Staff.

MAJOR EDWARD W. WILDRICK Adjutant General.

73RD BRIGADE OF INFANTRY

BRIG. GENERAL C.F. ZIMMERMAN Commanding.

145th Regiment COL. SANFORD B. STANBERRY.

146th Regiment COL. C.C. WEYBRECHT.

135th Machine Gun Battalion MAJOR CHARLES C. CHAMBERS.

74TH BRIGADE OF INFANTRY

BRIG. GENERAL W.P. JACKSON Commanding.

147th Regiment COL. F.W. GALBRAITH, JR.

148th Regiment COL. GEORGE H. WOOD.

136th Machine Gun Battalion MAJOR JOHN A. LOGAN.

62ND BRIGADE OF FIELD ARTILLERY

Commanding officer not announced

134th Regiment COL. HAROLD M. BRUSH.

135th Regiment COL. DUDLEY M. HARD.

136th Regiment COL. PAUL L. MITCHELL.

112th Trench Mortar Battery CAPTAIN A.S. DILLON.

ENGINEER TROOPS

112th Regiment COL. JOHN R. MCQUIGG.

SIGNAL TROOPS

112th Field Signal Battalion MAJOR RUSSELL L. MUNDHENK.

DIVISION UNITS

37th Division Headquarters Troop CAPTAIN FRANK F. FREBIS.

134th Machine Gun Battalion MAJOR WADE C. CHRISTY.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

INTRODUCTION 11

I. FIVE WEEKS IN A FLIVVER 15

II. ON THE MOVE 42

III. OUR INVINCIBLES 54

IV. HOLDING THE LINE 71

V. TANKS AND TRACTORS 83

VI. PEN PICTURES 91

VII. MORAL FLASHES 112

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

FORD CAMIONETTE DRIVEN BY W. B. WEST Frontispiece

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GERMAN AERIAL BOMB (SMALL) 24

GERMAN AERIAL BOMB (LARGE) 48

MEMORY SKETCH OF A SECTOR OF THE BATTLEFIELD, 1918 54

FRENCH OFFICER GERMAN OFFICER 64

GERMAN WEAPONS 94

VARIETIES OF SHELLS AND BOMBS (PHOTOGRAPHED AT NANCY) 120

INTRODUCTION

It was on the road from Neufchateau to La Foche, where Base Hospital 117 was located, that I first became acquainted with the author of this book. He evidently knew how to run a Ford camionette, even though it was not in just the shape in which it left the factory. I remember that I asked him what he did for a living back in the States those service uniforms were great levelers and he said he was a parson. "But now you are a chauffeur," I objected. "Well, you see," he said, "when I first came over they asked me to fill out blanks indicating what I could do, and in that statement I admitted that I could run a car. I also said I could preach. They tried me out as a chauffeur and liked my work so well that they said they would stand pat on that; they had never heard me preach."

As a matter of fact, I heard Mr. West preach that morning to the boys suffering from war neurosis, or "shell shock," in Hospital 117. He had helped them out on former Sundays there, and they sent for him again and again.

Later, when I was in the Baccarat sector, I met a most interesting and effective man who was in the Supply Department of the "Y" on week days, and conducted services in outlying camps every Sunday morning with great success... Continue reading book >>




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