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Book A soldier in World War I : the diary of Elmer W. Sherwood / edited by Robert H. Ferrell.
Associated Name: Ferrell, Robert H.
Publication year: 2004.
Call Number D570.9 .S49 2004
Media class: Book
Publisher: Indianapolis : Indiana Historical Society Press
ISBN: 0871951738 9780871951731
Extent: xvii, 193 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Total number of loans: 1
Loans this year: 0
Number of reservations: 0
"In April 1917 a sophomore from Indiana University, inspired by the stories of his grandfather's service in the Union army during the Civil War, left school and enlisted with a National Guard unit in Indianapolis that became the 150th Field Artillery Regiment. Before long the young man, Elmer W. Sherwood, found himself in the thick of fighting in France, as his artillery regiment served in combat with the 42nd (Rainbow) Division, including the horrendous Meuse-Argonne offensive that claimed 26,000 American lives. Sherwood, who describes himself as the Rainbow Hoosier, kept a diary of his time overseas, including his experiences in the army of occupation following the war's end. Published by the Indiana Historical Society Press and edited by Robert H. Ferrell, Indiana University distinguished professor of history emeritus, A soldier in World War I: the diary of Elmer W. Sherwood, captures the words of the Hoosier soldier as he wrote them on the front lines. Corporal Sherwood tells of the hard existence of life in the trenches, including the endless mud that sometimes trapped unwary soldiers for hours at a time and the wretched food he had to eat for nourishment. The book also includes a shipboard diary Sherwood sent home from France shortly after his arrival, which appeared in his hometown newspaper, and his tale of his unauthorized trip to Paris at the war's end prompted by a challenge from a pretty female Red Cross canteen worker"--Dust jacket.
Over there (August 1917-February 1918) -- Lunéville Sector (February-March 1918) -- Baccarat (March-June 1918) -- Espérance-Souain (June-July 1918) -- Aisne-Marne Offensive (July-August 1918) -- St.-Mihiel (September-October 1918) -- Meuse-Argonne (October-November 1918) -- Germany (November-December 1918) -- Neuenahr (December 1918-February 1919) -- Annecy (February 1919) -- Paris (February-March 1919) -- Home (March-May 1919).