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ISBN: 1572490853
Author: Paul F. Braim
Language: English
Publisher: White Mane Pub; Revised, Subsequent edition (February 1, 1998)
Pages: 247
Category: Military
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.9
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The Test of Battle book.

The Test of Battle book.

The battle of the Meuse-Argonne remains one of the largest and bloodiest campaigns in the history of the United States Army

The battle of the Meuse-Argonne remains one of the largest and bloodiest campaigns in the history of the United States Army. Over 1,200,000 American soldiers took part in the battle, which began on 26 September 1918 and lasted until the armistice on 11 November 1918, making it the largest engagement in American history at that time (p. 151).

Newark: University of Delaware Press.

The American forces initially consisted of 15 divisions of the . First Army commanded by General John J. Pershing until October 16 and then by Lieutenant General Hunter Liggett. The logistics were planned and directed by then Colonel George C. Marshall. Newark: University of Delaware Press.

Braim cleanly draws a portrait that allows readers to visually participate in the Allied 1918 counteroffensive.

All of this is vital background information that sets the stage for the AEF's "test of battle" in the Meuse-Argonne Campaign. Braim cleanly draws a portrait that allows readers to visually participate in the Allied 1918 counteroffensive.

Published 1998 by White Mane Books in Shippensburg, Pa. Written in English.

2nd rev. ed. by Paul F. Braim. Published 1998 by White Mane Books in Shippensburg, Pa. Argonne, Battle of the, France, 1918, Campaigns, History, United States, United States.

ISBN 10: 1572490853 ISBN 13: 9781572490857. Publisher: White Mane Pub, 1998.

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Comments:

Jeb
While the second edition of Braim's work is more in keeping with current consensus opinions among military historians regarding the AEF, this is almost an entirely different book from his first edition, which was harsher in its judgement, and frankly, better written. In many ways, the two books reflect Braim's own transition from a hard charging military officer to a professor of military history. It is for the reader to judge which is better, but having read both versions, I think the really good book is somewhere between the two and leans closer to the first, though the second certainly benefited from additional research, I still feel like it was trying to straddle a fence.
Charyoll
When compared with the American Civil War and World War II, the historical literature dealing with America's role in World War I, is noticeable lacking. Although recent publications have added to the diluted historiography that once consisted primarily of memoirs, this crucial period is a potential gold mine of unwritten scholarship that could shed light on American military policy. In _The Test of Battle: The American Expeditionary Forces in the Meuse Argonne Campaign_, Paul F. Braim evaluates the American performance and combat effectiveness during this, the American Expeditionary Force's (AEF) largest and most significant campaign. Dr. Braim, a veteran of three wars, represents the delicate blending of the academic historian and their brethren in uniform that bring a high level of technical military expertise to the profession. That combination has some drawbacks here, however.The author does not grade the AEF's performance too highly. Among the weaknesses the author mentions are: poor leadership, inadequate training, and inexperience of the American units and command structure. Unpreparedness, a lingering malady of American "citizen soldiers" is the underlying theme here. Unfortunately, Braim devotes only seventy-five pages to the actual Meuse-Argonne Campaign. In the process, one gets the impression that he is placing the Meuse-Argonne Campaign under a microscope applying all the stored technical knowledge and jargon inherent in a modern day military professional. Braim dissects the Meuse-Argonne as if he were refereeing a recent exercise held at Fort Benning, Georgia. The author incorporates way too much hindsight for my taste. The majority of the book, is nothing more than a diluted political overview and massive military buildup that mirrors the work of other historians. Nearly half of its 245-pages is a series of appendices containing graphs and tables reproduced from an original record titled: "Final Reports of Assistant Chief of Staff ... to Commander-in-Chief, American Expeditionary Forces." Most interesting, however, is the table indicating the "Responses of 728 Veterans of the Meuse-Argonne Campaign..." conducted by the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. It is this unique perspective of veterans that adds originality to a study of this type. Generous maps and battlefield photographs taken after the war are faithfully duplicated within these pages. Yet a book cannot be judged by cosmetic make-overs alone. Braim cites poor leadership wracked the Meuse-Argonne Campaign, with particular finger-pointing at Pershing. The author suggests Pershing was afflicted with a myopia which could be called "Battlefield Fixation," and compares this preoccupation to the symptoms of Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg. Braim has consulted an adequate collection of published and unpublished sources. According to the results of the questionnaire, the veterans agree with Braim concerning inadequate training, due to "lack of time." The veterans disagree with Braim, however, on leadership. Of the 503 responses to the 'leadership" criterion, 467 veterans thought the leadership in the AEF was "good" noting that the "leaders cared" for the American soldier. It is also noteworthy to mention that Braim sent out queries to a group of the most highly respected military historians in the field to ask their views on this topic. They could not rescue Braim's bout with acute bad prose, however. The author's account is, for the most part, fluid, but contains annoying peculiarities. For instance, Braim repeatedly refers to himself throughout the text as "this author" and sprinkles his prose with contractions and the anachronistic exclamation point. Quoting a well known historian of the period, Braim exclaims, "That's the sum of it! This author wishes he'd said that." When confronted with a debate over leadership, Brain once again blurts out: "If fired upon on this matter, this author will retreat!" This reader had to retreat for some fresh air or get sick. This book had all the makings of a great study. A qualified editor would have made all the difference.

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