As I Saw It in the Trenches

Memoir of a Doughboy in World War I

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About the Book

“Now that the United States has declared war upon the German Empire, and that men will more than likely be conscripted into the service, I shall feel embarrassed should I fail to be among the first to go to the training camp,” wrote Dae Hinson of Leesville, Louisiana, in April 1917. His World War I memoir gives a compelling account of a young man’s induction into the army, basic training, friendships formed and frontline combat in France with the 156th Infantry. Hinson vividly records his daily struggles for survival in the trenches amid gas attacks, exploding shells and the constant “rattle and fuss” of machine-gun fire.

About the Author(s)

The late Dae Hinson taught in Louisiana schools for 38 years. He lived in Vernon Parish in Leesville, Louisiana.

Bibliographic Details

Dae Hinson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 188
Bibliographic Info: index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9873-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2002-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments  v

1. Introduction: “As I Saw It in the Trenches”  1

2. Getting Accustomed to Camp Life  5

3. Camp Beauregard  7

4. Off to France  11

5. Off to the Front  13

6. Our Assignment  17

7. Constructing Dugouts and Trenches  20

8. First Bombardment  22

9. Occupying France  31

10. Night of the 15th  36

11. Awaiting Orders  39

12. The Barrier  43

13. Crezancy  50

14. Forced to Lie Under Fire  61

15. Crossing the Marne  67

16. Witnessing the Aerial Fights  72

17. The ­Machine-Gun Engagements  80

18. My Personal Machine Encounter  96

19. Passing the Night  101

20. Almost Surrounded  105

21. Turning the Tide  114

22. Return to Crezancy  118

23. Mixing It on the Vesle [River]  121

24. The St. Mihiel Surprise  131

25. Waiting in Reserve  137

26. Visitation to Hell  143

27. A Few Incidentals  150

28. In Hell Again  155

29. Caught Napping  162

30. Growing More and More Disgusted  170

Index  179


Book Reviews & Awards

“valuable…an authentic reflection of Hinson’s experiences…very descriptive and frank…a very good job describing the indescribable…a vivid insight into combat and soldiering in the First World War…highly recommended”—Military Review.