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Thunder and Flames free pdf November 1917. The American troops were poorly trained, deficient in military equipment and doctrine, not remotely ready for armed conflict on a large scaleuand theyAEd arrived on the Western front to help the French push back the Germans. The story of what happened nextuthe American Expeditionary ForceAEs trial by fire on the brutal battlefields of Franceuis told in full for the first time in Thunder and Flames . Where history has given us some perspective on the individual battles of the perioduat Cantigny, Chateau Thierry, Belleau Wood, the Marne River, Soissons, and little-known Fismetteuthey appear here as part of a larger series of interconnected operations, all conducted by Americans new to the lethal killing fields of World War I and guided by the battle-tested French. Following the AEF from their initial landing to their emergence as an independent army in late September 1918, this book presents a complex picture of how, learning warfare on the fly, sometimes with devastating consequences, the American force played a critical role in blunting and then rolling back the German armyAEs drive toward Paris. The picture that emerges is at once sweeping in scope and rich in detail, with firsthand testimony conjuring the real mud and blood of the combat that Edward Lengel so vividly describes. Official reports and documents provide the strategic and historical context for these ground-level accounts, from the perspective of the Germans as well as the Americans and French. Battle by battle, Thunder and Flames reveals the cost of the inadequacies in U.S. training, equipment, logistics, intelligence, and command, along with the rifts in the Franco-American military marriage. But it also shows how, by trial and error, through luck and ingenuity, the AEF swiftly became the independent fighting force of General John oBlackjacko PershingAEs long-held dreamuits divisions ultimately among the most combat-effective military forces to see the war through.

About Edward G. Lengel

Edward G. Lengel is Professor and Director of the Papers of George Washington project at the University of Virginia, USA. He is the author of To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918 and General George Washington: A Military Life , among other works.

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Author : Edward G. Lengel
Publisher : University Press of Kansas
Data Published : 30 May 2015
ISBN : 0700620842
EAN : 9780700620845
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 472 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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