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Letters from the Boys: Wisconsin World War I Soldiers Write Home

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Words from the Wisconsin boys manning the trenches.

On the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the flood of American troops in Europe that would shift the tide of World War I in favor of the Allies, Letters from the Boys brings to life this terrible war as experienced by Wisconsinites writing home.

Technology had transformed the battlefield in alarming ways. Automatic rifl
Paperback, 200 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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Jim Gallen
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is no better place to seek the soldiers’ experience than in their own words contained in their letters home from the front. Here we find what was on their minds, what they wanted to tell us and, by omission, what the sensors would not let them tell. Letters From The Boys is drawn largely from the collection of Green County, Wisconsin Doughboys letters found in the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society. The road to war for the Wisconsin National Guard started with training at Camp Do ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great nonfiction book on WWI. The only disappointment was that the scope was primarily limited to WWI veterans from Green County WI and the letters they wrote home. A broader reference to other counties in the states and a few of those selected letters might have been helpful to place the letters shown in their broader context of the state WWI veterans as a whole.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A short, easy read that gives the reader a real sense of life at the front during WWI. The author smartly allows the letters to tell most of the story, with the second part of the book being simply a republication if letters from one soldier without edit.

Though the soldiers are all from Wisconsin, I’d recommend this book for anyone with interest in the human side of the Great War.
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