America’s “Foreign Legion”
Immigrant Soldiers in the Great War
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About the Book
Immigrant American soldiers played an important, often underrated role in World War I. Those who were non-citizens had no obligation to participate in the war, though many volunteered. Due to language barriers that prevented them from receiving proper training, they were often given the most dangerous and dirty jobs.
Matthew Guerra (the author’s great uncle) immigrated to America from Monte Sant Angelo, Italy, around age 12. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1918 and shipped to France, where he joined the 58th Infantry Regiment of the 4th “Ivy” Division and participated in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Offensives. Wounded by shrapnel in the Bois de Fays, the 22-year-old Guerra died in a field hospital from an uncontrolled infection.
About the Author(s)
Dennis A. Connole
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018