An American Soldier in World War I

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An American Soldier in World War I is written by Liberty professor David L. Snead. It tells the story of a soldier and his fiancé relationship through World War I through letters they wrote one another. Professor Snead was introduced to the letters by a student of his Page Waugh. They were letters from her uncle to her aunt and with permission from her family he combines the letters and historical context to write a book about Browne, Marty and the war. The thesis of this book seems to be seeing the war through the eyes of a soldier in the middle of a vicious war and the relationship that sees him through it. George Browne and Martha “Marty” Johnson are two people making the best out of a tough situation and their undying love and commit…show more content…
Browne writes less but his letters are much more descriptive of deficiencies in the AEF’S training program and problem the soldiers face. From Browne description the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean was a very horrible trip, and once they arrived they were but on trains to but according to Browne letter the train trip was no better than the boat trip. According to the author, “The boat was heaven compared to the train. We ate hard tack and canned meat and never washed or shaved or slept.”(Snead 2006, 38) In chapter 3 Browne talks a lot about the battles the group is now fighting and the woes or war. But also in this chapter he speaks of the war and the distance from Marty and how he feels like something is different in their relationship. Browne knows the infrequency of letters and not quickly responding back to her but he assures her he still loves her and enjoys her letter, it’s just a mean disposition he has because of the war. Browne tells Marty, “I love you always only it’s hard to tell about it in miserable weather when one is living in a barn and usually tired out from marching thru mud.”(Snead 2006, 83) In chapter 4 Browne and the 42nd dough-boys are now in Champagne, France and are in heavy combat constantly. He writes of how the Germans are attaching and the Allies are taking heavy lost. The campaign in Champagne brought the war home full force, the lost was great. The author states, “The 42nd

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