Gentlemen Volunteers by Arlen Hansen
The Story of the American Ambulance Drivers in the Great War

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Describes the experiences of the idealistic young Americans who served with the American Field Service as ambulance drivers on the French front during World War I, profiling such volunteers as Ernest Hemingway, Malcolm Cowley, and John Dos Passos.
 

About Arlen Hansen

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Arlen J. Hansen was Professor of English at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
 
Published April 8, 1996 by Arcade Publishing. 272 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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 Hansen (who until his recent death taught English at the Univ. of the Pacific) compellingly tells the story of thousands of eager young Americans who volunteered to drive ambulances for the Allies in the Great War before the US army arrived in 1917.

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But the volunteers, mostly from Ivy League colleges and eastern prep schools (as well as the likes of Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos), proved themselves and their state-of-the-art vehicles to be more effective than French horse-drawn ambulances, and they saved countless lives.

May 01 1996 | Read Full Review of Gentlemen Volunteers: The Sto...

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Still, those willing to pick through this offering will find illuminating insights into the American role in the Great War, as well as stirring examples of, as volunteer Hemingway put it, ""grace under pressure."" (May)

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