Analysis Of The Last Days Of Innocence

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Sandy Tom HIST 1302 – XS1 Read-Write #1 – Meirion and Susie Harries “Do You Want To Live Forever” The Last Days of Innocence talks about the involvement of America in World War 1, when more than five million servicemen took part, and nearly a quarter were wounded or dead. The author documents the alliance among the American, French, and British who plays a significant role in defeating Germany and other Axis nations. Specifically in chapter 23, “Do You Want To Live Forever”, ................. The chapter starts out with the German’s attempt to damage the French morale by turning Paris’ mood of defeat and depression into panic with the German’s new weapons of long range guns that could fire seventy-five miles away. Analysts say that…show more content…
Harbord told his men to rest and planned to begin a barrage at dawn June 9. When they continued the barrage on June 10, they lost no men crossing into the woods and attacked the Bois de Belleau successfully. At this point, the troops were on the brink of collapse. Water was short, and most were living off of greasy, corned beef, bacon, or hardtack. Nevertheless, Harbord intended the marines to finish the job. On the same day, he ordered Major Frederick Wise to clear the northern end of the wood. Wise was practically repeating the dame attack Major Berry had made on the first day, but Harbord assured that he would get support from Hughes and a heavy artillery barrage. Unfortunately, the next morning, Hughes had failed in his operation by not establishing a line across the neck of the woods for backup. As Wise struck from the west, Hughes was still struggling half a mile south behind with the machine guns. As the nightmare from Major Berry’s attack repeated itself, the men were emerged in high-explosives and machine guns. The men were later left armless, injured, and tearing on the face. Major Holcomb was ordered to relieve Wise but before they got any further, the enemy released barrages of gas and high explosives. Wise, expecting nearly a thousand men to aid him, only received about 300. As Wise reported that he was no longer capable of attacking the enemy, Harbord assigned Lieutenant Colonel Logan Feland to launch another attack to clear the
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