Private Heller and the Bantam Boys: An American Medic in World War I

Private Heller and the Bantam Boys: An American Medic in World War I

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In time for the 100th anniversary of Americaa€™s entry into the First World War, Private Heller and the Bantam Boysa€”based on Hellera€™s long-hidden diarya€”tells the tale of a group of privileged yet naAmve Princeton University students and their big, brawny Midwestern farm boy interloper, Ralph Heller. To them, war is a grand adventure not to be missed, and they enlist as medics and ambulance drivers (think Hemingway and dos Passos) to make sure they can get to France before the war ends. These college boys go about their training filled with idealism and bravado and, despite constant marching and drilling, absolutely no preparation for what theya€™re about to face. When their transport ship comes under U-boat attack off the Welsh coast, the idea that they could get killed before they reach the front begins to sink in. Once in France, and with a seemingly unlimited supply of red wine (water is for crops and animals), and hormone-fueled high spirits, the Bantam Boys are ready for anything that comes their way. Or so they think. Devastation touches all, as they enter a hell of mud, rats, poison gas, flying lead, and rotting corpses where theya€™re just as likely in the confusion of No Mana€™s Land to end up heading toward the Germans rather than away from them. From the comic to the horrific, Private Heller and the Bantam Boys will touch readers of all ages.They received instruction on how to diagnose a misfiring engine, repair broken parts, and change spark plugs. Cleaning the carburetor ... It began as a glorious Ford expedition. It ended as a scene out of ... The Ford Motor Companya#39;s Model-T Manual gave detailed instructions on how to start a Lizzie. This is exactly what theanbsp;...

Title:Private Heller and the Bantam Boys: An American Medic in World War I
Author:Gregory Archer
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2015-11-01


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