GAS AND FLAME IN WORLD WAR I by William L. Langer

GAS AND FLAME IN WORLD WAR I

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The still rising reader interest in all aspects of WWI is producing the same sort of publisher reaction that the interest in the Civil War did a few years back. The more obscure diaries, the battle logs and the privately printed histories are finding their way into print. This book falls in the last category. It was the first history that the well known historian turned his hand to. Co. E was part of the Army's Gas and Flame unit (now attached to their chemical warfare operations). Mr. Langer was detailed to write the company's experiences in order to use up remaining company funds before the veterans returned to civilian life. It is clearly a young man's effort -- he treats the discomforts of training and sailing lightly; fallen comrades tenderly; battle scenes with gallantry. As a record of the small details in a section of the big war, the book should have continuing value to other historians.

Publisher: Knopf