Yesterday There Was Glory
With the 4th Division, A.E.F., in World War I
World War I - Biography/Memoir
6 x 9, 464 pp.
45 b&w illus. 5 maps.
Pub Date: 09/14/2017
North Texas Military Biography and Memoir Series
  cloth
Price:        $29.95 s

978-1-57441-693-0

Published by University of North Texas Press

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Yesterday There Was Glory

With the 4th Division, A.E.F., in World War I

Gerald Andrew Howell
Edited by Jeffrey L. Patrick

In 1946, World War I veteran Gerald Howell finished a memoir of the experiences of his squad from the 39th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, but never published it. Jeffrey Patrick discovered the memoir and edited it for publication, providing an introduction and annotations.

Yesterday There Was Glory is an unpretentious account of men at war, from training camp to the occupation of Germany. It includes graphic descriptions of the battlefield, of shell fire, gas attacks, and lice. “Between the attacks the men would lay in their wet holes and pray for relief. But no relief came,” Howell remembers. He recalls much more than the horrors of combat, however, chronicling the diverse collection of heroes, professional warriors, shirkers, and braggarts that made up the American Expeditionary Forces.

Howell’s account preserves the flavor of army life with conversations and banter in soldier language, including the uncensored doughboy profanity often heard but seldom recorded.

JEFFREY L. PATRICK is the librarian at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Republic, Missouri. He holds a master’s degree in history from Purdue University and is the editor of Guarding the Border: The Memoirs of Ward Schrantz, U.S. Army, 1912–1917.

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