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Considered by many to be the finest American combat memoir of the First World War, Hervey Allen’s Toward the Flame vividly chronicles the experiences of the Twenty-eighth Division in the summer of 1918. Made up primarily of Pennsylvania National Guardsmen, the Twenty-eighth Division saw extensive action on the Western Front. The story begins with Lieutenant Allen and his mConsidered by many to be the finest American combat memoir of the First World War, Hervey Allen’s Toward the Flame vividly chronicles the experiences of the Twenty-eighth Division in the summer of 1918. Made up primarily of Pennsylvania National Guardsmen, the Twenty-eighth Division saw extensive action on the Western Front. The story begins with Lieutenant Allen and his men marching inland from the French coast and ends with their participation in the disastrous battle for the village of Fismette. Allen was a talented observer, and the men with whom he served emerge as well-rounded characters against the horrific backdrop of the war. As a historical document, Toward the Flame is significant for its highly detailed account of the controversial military action at Fismette. At the same time, it easily stands as a work of literature. Clear-eyed and unsentimental, Allen employs the novelist’s powers of description to create a harrowing portrait of coalition war at its worst....

Title : Toward the Flame: A Memoir of World War I
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ISBN : 9780803259478
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 282 Pages
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Toward the Flame: A Memoir of World War I Reviews

  • Bobbi
    2018-11-26 02:44

    This is an astonishing memoir, even if you aren't particularly interested in WW I. It was written by Lieutenant Hervey Allen in 1918. He was in a National Guard unit that was called up and was poorly trained, although that really didn't matter in the situation in which they found themselves. As it says on the back of the book, it's "considered by many to be the finest American combat memoir of the First World War" and with good reason. It is "clear-eyed and unsentimental" and was written during a controversial military action during the Second Battle of the Marne, Germany's last attempt to take Paris. A few years ago I read Blackhawk Down and was stunned at the confusion and seeming incompetence of military activities. My husband, who was in Vietnam, puts this in the same category, part of the "fog of war". An eye-opening book.

  • Patrick
    2018-12-13 03:11

    A fascinating look at WWI from someone who was there. Up close and personal.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2018-12-02 03:41

    A gripping, vividly detailed, unsentimental combat memoir by an American soldier who served on the Western Front.

  • Bert
    2018-12-02 04:52

    Obviously a classic book about the Great World War. I didn't realize they were using poison gas until the end of the War.

  • Jess
    2018-11-26 05:48

    Could not put this book down. A gripping account of what our soldiers endured during WWI. Even the moments of leisure grab the reader's attention.

  • Michael- Berry
    2018-11-19 04:01

    One of the better known and better written WWI memoirs.

  • Sonny
    2018-12-06 04:01

    A personal account of the disastrous military action at the village of Fismette during WW I. It's not the best written book on WW I that I have read but still worth reading if you are interested in learning more about the Great War.

  • Riff Denbow
    2018-11-28 02:56

    Maybe a bit simpering.