The 102nd Ambulance Company in World War I

“Bridgeport’s Own” Serves the Yankee Division, 1917–1919

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About the Book

During the carnage of World War I, ambulance companies were essential, carrying the wounded off the battlefield on litters, dressing wounds and operating under intense fire and gas. The 102nd Ambulance Company— the first full American division to arrive in France in 1917— spent 193 days at the front, and rescued more than 20,000 men with its ambulances, often under gunfire and amid poison gas.
Based on the company diary of Sergeant Leslie R. Barlow and letters by other company members, this narrative follows the unit through the entirety of its involvement in World War I. The company’s earliest days are documented, from its inception in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to enlistment, training and the passage overseas. Chronicled extensively are the company’s combat experiences, beginning with the first winter of adjustment in France, through the contributions to British trench fever experiments and its frontline service between February and November 1918. The work is heavily illustrated with photographs of the company and includes a detailed roster.

About the Author(s)

Andrew W. German is an independent scholar, author, and editor who specializes in historical subjects. He spent more than 25 years as editor and then director of publications at Mystic Seaport Museum. He lives in Mystic, Connecticut.

Bibliographic Details

Andrew W. German
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 75 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8951-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4932-0
Imprint: McFarland