Blood in the Argonne: The ''Lost Battalion'' of World War I by Alan D. Gaff

By Alan D. Gaff

During this distinctive heritage of the "Lost Battalion" of global battle I, Alan D. Gaff tells for the 1st time the tale of the 77th department from the point of view of the warriors within the ranks. On October 2, 1918, Maj. Charles W. Whittlesey led the 77th department in a profitable assault on German defenses within the Argonne woodland of northeastern France. His unit, produced from males of a large mixture of ethnic backgrounds from ny urban and the western states, was once no longer a battalion nor was once it ever "lost," yet as soon as a newspaper editor utilized the time period "lost battalion" to the episode, it caught. Gaff attracts from new, unimpeachable sources--such as sworn testimony by means of infantrymen who survived the ordeal--to right the myths and legends and to bare what rather occurred within the Argonne woodland in the course of early October 1918.

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A religious census of the troops at Camp Upton disclosed that thirty-five percent were Roman Catholic, thirty percent were from some variety of Protestant faith, and twenty-five percent were Jewish. 22 When ordered by the War Department to designate an official symbol to represent the Seventy-seventh Division, General Bell’s staff made a logical choice. Major Lloyd Griscom, division adjutant, suggested a reproduction of the Statue of Liberty with the numeral “7” on each side of the base, a design that was created by Captain J.

After marching to the mess hall, newcomers became introduced to the hurry-up-and-wait routine, standing in long lines like human derelicts destined to spend their days waiting in breadlines for a free handout. Food was surprisingly good, although not quite so delicious as Mom and Grandma used to cook. 21 After draftees returned to their barracks, officers interviewed them individually, asking about next of kin, previous occupations that might correspond to army jobs, and any preference for branch of military service.

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