FIX BAYONETS! WITH THE U.S. MARINE CORPS IN FRANCE, 1917-1918.

Thomason, Jnr., John W.


£30.00




Charles Scribner's Sons, rep., 1926. Xxvi + 249 pp., numerous ills. Green cloth spine; boards with ill., to front; 24 x 18cm. Minor wear to covers & small chip to edge of f.f.e.p., (blank) o/w V.G. This is the story of the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment United States Marine Corps in 1918. Published here in 1926 and then subsequently out of print for half a century, this book was hailed by Cyril Falls as not just "the best American book on the War" but "one of the best books of any nationality on the War". In his survey he wrote: "The 4th Brigade of the United States Army was composed of Marines, the bulk of them Regulars with considerable service and a very high standard of training'The book may just fall short of the highest world-standards of military narrative owing to its lack of restraint, but it has great power, a sense of beauty amid horror, and true humour." Falls also praised the author's "rough and hasty sketches, many of them made in action on scraps of paper."


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