The best books on America's crusade in the Great War 1917-1918

Why am I passionate about this?

I have written 13 books and over 200 national magazine articles on U.S. Military weapons and am Field Editor for the NRA’s American Rifleman magazine. The story of the World War II weapons and campaigns have been widely covered but the First World War is sometimes all but forgotten. Those who are not familiar with America’s rather brief, but important, role in the conflict often do not realize how the First World War helped make the United States one of the world’s “superpowers.”


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U. S. Infantry Weapons of the First World War

By Bruce Canfield,

Book cover of U. S. Infantry Weapons of the First World War

What is my book about?

The definitive guide to U.S. infantry weapons of World War I. Best-selling author and arms expert Bruce N. Canfield gives you the inside scoop on everything that was carried into combat by the Army and Marines, including rifles, pistols, shotguns, automatic rifles, machine guns, bayonets, knives, grenades, mortars, flame throwers, and accessories. It's all in here! Filled with the kind of practical, "hands-on" advice and information that you will turn to again and again, with unique "collector's notes" that tell you what you need to know about markings, rarity, rebuilds, and fakes. Nowhere else will you find this amount of useful information under one cover - and it's complete with exciting combat reports describing how this equipment performed at the front!

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of America's munitions 1917-1918: report of Benedict Crowell, the Assistant Secretary of War, Director of Munitions

Bruce Canfield Why did I love this book?

This is the best primary reference source ever compiled that covers the gamut of America’s munitions from all manner of weaponry, vehicles, clothing, and equipment. It was written by the sitting Assistant Secretary of War. An invaluable resource.

By Benedict Crowell,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked America's munitions 1917-1918 as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This book has been considered by academicians and scholars of great significance and value to literature. This forms a part of the knowledge base for future generations. So that the book is never forgotten we have represented this book in a print format as the same form as it was originally first published. Hence any marks or annotations seen are left intentionally to preserve its true nature.


Book cover of A Rifleman Went to War

Bruce Canfield Why did I love this book?

An excellent narrative of the experiences of a Canadian infantry officer who served in France and Belgium from Sept. 1915 to April 1917. There is a lot of emphasis on the sniping weapons utilized by the Allied forces during the early part of the war.

By Herbert Wes McBride,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Rifleman Went to War as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This is a new release of the original 1935 edition.


Book cover of Quartered in Hell: The Story of the American North Russia Expeditionary Force 1918-1919

Bruce Canfield Why did I love this book?

A well-researched and fascinating story of the little-known American intervention in the North Russia/Siberia campaigns between the Red Bolshevik forces and the “White Russian” forces with small American and British units essentially caught in the middle.

By Hayes Otoupalik, Dennis Gordon,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Quartered in Hell as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Americans fighting in North Russia and Siberia from 1918 to 1920. Illustrated cover with red and white lettering on spine. 11 x 8.5. 320 pp


Book cover of Make the Kaiser Dance: Living Memories of a Forgotten War: The American Experience in World War I

Bruce Canfield Why did I love this book?

Numerous fascinating first-hand accounts of American “Doughboys” who saw front-line service in World War I. Many of the stories are poignant and personal.

Book cover of The Doughboys: The Story of the AEF, 1917-1918

Bruce Canfield Why did I love this book?

The book describes every battle the AEF was in between June 4, l9l8 until the end. Belleau Wood and Vaux, Saving Paris on the Marne, Aisne-Marne, Meuse-Argonne, Tunnel Offensives Meuse-Argonne final phase AND MORE. From when the First Yank soldiers stepped ashore in France until it was finished and Germany surrendered.

By Laurence Stallings,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Doughboys as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

nice vintage book/no DJ/blue boards/no markings/ tight binding/BEST VALUE/FAST SHIPPING/OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE/


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Book cover of Acquaintance

Jeff Stookey Author Of Dangerous Medicine

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Why am I passionate about this?

Author Historical fiction writer Gay male Reader History buff Curious human

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What is my book about?

As a young doctor, Carl Holman has experienced the horrors of World War I and the death of his lover, a fellow officer. Back home after the War, he befriends a young jazz musician who he hopes will become a companion he can share his life with. But this is Oregon: the Ku Klux Klan is gaining influence, homosexual acts are illegal, and such a relationship will jeopardize Carl’s promising medical career.

Musician Jimmy Harper has his own dreams for the future and his own obstacles to overcome before he will allow himself to accept Carl’s love. More than a gay love story, Acquaintance is a deep dive into gay and lesbian history based on extensive period research of the 1920s.

Acquaintance

By Jeff Stookey,

What is this book about?

As a young surgeon, Carl Holman has experienced the horrors of World War I and the loss of his lover, a fellow officer. Back home after the war, he befriends a young jazz musician who he hopes will become a companion he can share his life with. But this is Oregon: the Ku Klux Klan is gaining influence, homosexual acts are illegal, and such a relationship will jeopardize Carl’s promising medical career. Musician Jimmy Harper has his own dreams for the future and his own obstacles to overcome before he will allow himself to accept Carl’s love.
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