By Alan D. Gaff
During this specified heritage of the "Lost Battalion" of worldwide conflict I, Alan D. Gaff tells for the 1st time the tale of the 77th department from the viewpoint of the warriors within the ranks. On October 2, 1918, Maj. Charles W. Whittlesey led the 77th department in a winning assault on German defenses within the Argonne woodland of northeastern France. His unit, produced from males of a large mixture of ethnic backgrounds from big apple urban and the western states, used to be now not a battalion nor was once it ever "lost," yet as soon as a newspaper editor utilized the time period "lost battalion" to the episode, it caught. Gaff attracts from new, unimpeachable sources--such as sworn testimony by way of infantrymen who survived the ordeal--to right the myths and legends and to bare what quite occurred within the Argonne wooded area in the course of early October 1918.
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16 Lists of draftees forwarded by the local boards never, ever matched up with the squads of men who actually reached camp. Roll calls commenced in a vain effort to sort out the discrepancies, but there were just too many men who could not speak English. One Long Island boy complained that the foreign accents and strange languages sounded like a modern-day Tower of Babel. ” Those first roll calls were simply amazing. ” “Here,” from the same individual. ” “Here,” from the same individual. 17 No linguist could correctly pronounce a roster filled with names of men from Transylvania and Morrocco, Venezuela and Bulgaria, Sweden and Mexico, Lithuania and Greece, and dozens of other countries.
Long, lean uniforms were handed out to short, fat men and vice versa, so that each company looked like some sort of bizarre masquerade party. ” After taking one look at these outrageously fitting 24 BLOOD IN THE ARGONNE uniforms, practical officers instructed their men to go into the barracks and trade clothing among themselves. ”28 New shipments of draftees continued to pour into Camp Upton. The quota that arrived on September 20 was more picturesque than most, coming as it did from the Gas House District and Hell’s Kitchen.
Younger brothers wanted to go along and pretended that they, too, were soldiers in the Great Adventure. Finally the trains bound for Yaphank pulled away and those thousands of waving handkerchiefs faded into the distance. Draftees quickly divided into two groups. One THE DRAFT Brooklyn draftees en route to Camp Upton. S. Official Pictures of the World War. bunch hung out the windows or clung precariously to platforms, waving flags and yelling at bystanders. Civilians along the route waved back and cheered lustily for the boys.