Somewhere in France by Thomas J. Schaeper
The World War I Letters and Journal of Private Frederick A. Kittleman (Excelsior Editions)

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Previously unpublished letters and private journal provide an intimate view of World War I through the eyes of an ordinary soldier from western New York.

The United States entered World War I in April 1917, and by the end of the conflict two million American soldiers were fighting on French soil. One of them was Private Frederick A. Kittleman, who was born in the small city of Olean in western New York. After being drafted in 1918, Kittleman was sent to France as a part of an artillery regiment. While overseas, he participated in several of the large battles in the final stages of the war, including the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Throughout this time, he wrote regularly to his family.

In Somewhere in France, Thomas J. Schaeper transcribes these letters, which show a young man proud to join the army and excited about his adventures. The letters are contrasted with Kittleman’s journal, which recounts the gritty details of battle that he shielded from his family in their correspondence. Schaeper provides detailed annotations of the journal and letters, which, together with a number of illustrations, paint a vivid picture of the experiences of a private in WWI, his opinion on America’s participation in the final, bloody campaigns of the war, and the psychological and physical effects that the war had on him.

Thomas J. Schaeper is Professor of History at St. Bonaventure University and the author of many books, including Edward Bancroft: Scientist, Author, Spy.
 

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 Thomas J. Schaeper is Professor of History at St. Bonaventure University and the author of many books, including Edward Bancroft: Scientist, Author, Spy.
 
Published December 20, 2016 by Excelsior Editions. 168 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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