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  1. This is the story of George "Judge" Knott, private, Company G, 360th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, and how he experienced the war. Based upon Knott's letters home, unit history, archives and official records, the author, Knott's granddaughter, has pieced together a nice narrative of Knott's service. It includes references to Knott's two brothers and two cousins who were in the service also. One of the Knott cousins, Carlton Knott, was killed while serving with the Lost Battalion in October 1918. The book is recommended for those who want to read about a "family" at war. Serious students o
  2. I just finished reading this book. It is a fine account of this little studied battle, Blanc Mont, concentrating on the 4th (Marine) Brigade. The authors give great detail down to the company level. Included are some of the actions of the 3rd Brigade (US Army) and the 36th Division as they came in to relieve the 2nd Division. The maps are very helpful and there are plenty of illustrations. At 73 pages, it’s a fairly quick read. Available through the Marine Corps History Division, USMCU.edu, and the Government Printing Office bookstore.
  3. I just finished this diary and memoir by George Thompson, 1st Gas Regiment. Thompson’s diary is interesting but omits in-depth details about his duties. The editor does a good job of putting Thompson’s writing in context. Overall this is a fine contribution to WWI diaries/memoirs.
  4. Here is my copy of the First Division World War I unit history, one of the better divisional histories that I’ve seen. I also have the packet of maps that came with it. At first I was puzzled and annoyed by the “L 4” stickers on the spine. But after researching the name on the inside front free endpapers I was pleased. Cass Gilbert was the famous American architect who designed many wonderful buildings and the First Division monument in Washington, DC. Cass Gilbert, Jr, was also a well known architect who designed the WWII addition to his father’s design. I don’t know whether Gilbert owned thi
  5. Kevin, I tried to send you a personal message, but for some reason the system won't let me. I'd like to buy a signed copy of your book, or trade you for one of mine, also signed. Please send me a message, if you can. Thanks, Pete Belmonte
  6. This is a fine book with many never-before seen photos. I recommend it! Pete
  7. Excellent book, highly recommended. This book influenced my own approach to writing about the war. Pete
  8. Thanks to the folks who helped us with images and info, it is much appreciated. So far I've gotten good reviews on the book! Al and I are proud of the effort. Best, Pete
  9. World War I Nerd, thanks for that information, very helpful! Pete
  10. This is Ferdinando Chiappetta, serving in a development battalion at Camp Jackson, South Carolina, in 1918. I wonder if World War I Nerd can comment on his uniform since it's not my area of expertise. Thanks, Pete Belmonte
  11. I agree, looks like a sweetheart piece, but who knows? Very nice, thanks for sharing that. Pete
  12. This is an excellent book, written in 1917, about the Mexican Border campaign. The author was the chaplain of the 1st Illinois Infantry Regiment, serving in San Antonio. He tells it like it is, and is not shy about criticizing the way the War Department handled the Guard at the time. This is of particular interest to me because two of my great-grandmother's cousins served in the Illinois National Guard on the border (Charles Pellegrini, 1st Illinois Infantry Regiment, 1916, and Louis Pellegrini, Company E, 4th Illinois Infantry Regiment, 1917). Pete
  13. This is a new book, highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn about Mexican border troubles a century ago. This covers the activity of mostly US Army cavalry units, but also a few infantry regiments and, after WWI, some US Army Air Service units. It is surprising to read about the number of armed clashes, including firefights on Mexican territory, that were not officially part of the Mexican Punitive Expedition. Pete (doughboypublishing.weebly.com)
  14. I just finished John Ellis, Eye-Deep in Hell: Trench Warfare in World War I. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989. This is an excellent account of not only WWI trench warfare, but of what the typical combat soldier experienced during that war. Pete doughboypublishing.weebly.com
  15. Thanks for sharing this. Can you imaging the mother getting such a letter about her son? Pete
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