United States Army Depot Brigades in World War I

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About the Book

Much has been written about the exploits of the American Expeditionary Forces, the men and women sent overseas to fight during World War I, but much less is known about the two million men and women who served in the Army in the United States without ever setting foot on foreign soil.
This book examines the history of depot brigades, development battalions, U.S. Guards units, Students’ Army Training Corps, and other “forgotten” troops charged with training soldiers, guarding installations, and performing myriad other duties. It also chronicles the service of men like actor Jimmy Cagney, author F. Scott Fitzgerald, movie director Frank Capra, children’s author Ludwig Bemelmans, and the two million others who served in the United States during the war. At the time, many of these men considered themselves unfortunate cast-offs, doomed to spend the war safe at home while their friends served in combat overseas. But, in the end, it was largely because of them that America could field an effective fighting force.

About the Author(s)

Alexander F. Barnes served in the Marine Corps and Army National Guard for 30 years, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer. He also served as a Department of the Army civilian until 2015 and is currently the Virginia National Guard Command Historian. The author of seven other military history books, he lives in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

Peter L. Belmonte is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He has written several books, articles, and book reviews on World War I and has won the Foreword Reviews Gold Award for the best book in the War & Military category. He lives in O’Fallon, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

Alexander F. Barnes and Peter L. Belmonte
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 140 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8205-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4376-2
Imprint: McFarland