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"I was there" with the Yanks on the western front, 1917-1919   By: (1889-)

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"I was there" with the Yanks on the western front, 1917-1919 by Hilmar R. Baukhage is an exceptional and gripping firsthand account of one man's experience as an American soldier during World War I. Driven by a sense of duty and adventure, the author vividly narrates his journey through the war-ravaged landscapes of France and Germany, providing readers with a unique perspective on the hardships, horrors, and camaraderie that characterized the Western Front.

Baukhage's storytelling immerses readers into the trenches, allowing us to witness the daily struggles and sacrifices endured by the soldiers. His prose is powerfully descriptive, enabling us to visualize the heart-wrenching scenes of destruction, the stench of death lingering in the air, and the constant fear that accompanies warfare. Through detailed anecdotes and personal observations, he successfully captures the raw emotions and harsh realities of life at the front lines.

Moreover, what sets this memoir apart from others is the author's ability to humanize the individuals he encountered during his service. Baukhage introduces us to a diverse cast of characters – from fellow soldiers to local civilians, both allies and enemies – each painted with unique personalities and beliefs. This approach enables the reader to appreciate the complexity of war, going beyond mere battle strategies and highlighting the individual stories that often go untold.

In addition to its gripping narrative, "I was there" with the Yanks on the western front, 1917-1919 offers valuable historical insights. Baukhage provides context and analysis, shedding light on the geopolitical dynamics surrounding the conflict. He also delves into the experiences of soldiers from different nations, showcasing the immense toll the war took on various countries and the differing perspectives that shaped their actions.

The memoir's strength lies in the author's unwavering honesty and vulnerability. Baukhage does not shy away from the psychological impacts of war, openly discussing the trauma, hardships, and moral dilemmas faced by soldiers. This raw portrayal allows readers to empathize with the personal struggles endured by those who fought in World War I, revealing the toll it took on their lives long after the guns fell silent.

In conclusion, "I was there" with the Yanks on the western front, 1917-1919 is a profoundly moving account of one man's experience during World War I. Hilmar R. Baukhage's powerful storytelling, attention to detail, and historical insights create an immersive and unforgettable reading experience. This memoir serves as both a testament to the courage of those who fought and a reminder of the lasting impact war has on individuals and societies. Whether a history enthusiast or someone interested in personal narratives, this book is sure to captivate and educate readers, shedding light on a pivotal period in our past.

First Page:

"I was there"

with the Yanks in France

Sketches by

C. LeRoy Baldridge Private, A.E.F.

[Illustration: Audsurade Belgium Nov. 11/1918]





G.P. PUTNAM'S SONS NEW YORK AND LONDON The Knickerbocker Press 1919

Copyright, 1919 BY C. LEROY BALDRIDGE


Ours the Great Adventure, Yours the pain to bear, Ours the golden service stripes, Yours the marks of care.

If all the Great Adventure The old Earth ever knew, Was ours and in this little book 'Twould still belong to you!


These Sketches were made during a year's service as a camion driver with the French amry in the Chemin des Dames sector and a year's service with the A... Continue reading book >>

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