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Title: The Literary digest history of the world war, compiled from original and contemporary sources: American, British, French, German, and others
Year: 1919 (1910s)
Authors: Halsey, Francis W. (Francis Whiting), 1851-1919, comp
Subjects: World War, 1914-1918
Publisher: New York, London, Funk & Wagnalls Company
Contributing Library: Columbia University Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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gor this sword from acrossthe Atlantic. It was the best fun weve had in our lives! was thedescription given by some of the Americans of their defenseof Chateau-Thierry. The full story of that dash to thethreatened city in Ford cars and camions, their quick un-loading, their immediate entry into action, and the deter-mined fight they put up along the banks of the river, among 130 LUDENDORFFS COLOSSAL DRIVE IN THE WEST the streets of the city and on the bridges, made one of theminor dramatic stories of the war. These troops had begunto learn how to fire French machine-guns only a month be-fore. They now described their exploit with all the eager-ness of schoolboys telling how their team licked the otherfellows; how they, from one side of the Marne—which isnot a wide river at all as we Americans think of rivers, buta stream of about the width of the Harlem River—saw theGermans come down the other, and how they shot them withpistols from across the stream as they heard German officers
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COURTESY OF THE MARINE CORPS RECRUITING PUBLICITY BUREAU. CHATEAU-THIERRY NEAR THE RUINED BRIDGE rallying them for another try at the crossing. They toldiiow their machine-guns shot until they feared to burst thebarrels, and how all the while Germans were falling inheaps. Three battalions of Marines, one regiment of infan-try and a detachment of engineers had deployed along a lineof seven kilometers awaiting another German attack, whichcame on the evening of the 4th. Floyd Gibbons,^^ who waswounded in the course of the fighting, described this action: 25 Correspondent of The Chicago Tribune. 131 ON THE WESTERN FRONT The enemy attacked toward the American left, where it joinedthe French. They advanced throuh a wheat-field in platooncolumns, in perfect order, flushed with many successes, confidentof victory. Then the Americans showered the oncoming waves withshrapnel until the fields seemed to be si)routing thousands of whitedaisies. Machine-guns and rifle-fire raked the Germans
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