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ISBN: 1585442909Издательство: Texas A&M University Press
Год издания: 2004
Book DescriptionIn Trench Knives and Mustard Gas , the memoir of a soldier on the front lines of World War I, Hugh S. Thompson combines the fast-paced prose of the Jazz Age with the passionate observations of an engaged intellectual. Originally serialized in the Chattanooga Times in 1934, this newly edited version allows the author to tell his story to a new generation. Thompson takes the reader on a grueling journey with the 168th regiment of the 42nd Rainbow Division through the villages, towns, battlefields, and hospitals of France. Severely wounded in his arm and back, Thompson reassesses his situation after visiting comrades who lost arms or legs. "I went back to my tent," he recalls, "almost ashamed of my own lucky wounds." Homesick forthe States during his first months overseas, Thompson discovers that his platoon has become his second family. He becomes accustomed to the war's distortion of time and values. Friendships form and disappear in the hour it takes a...