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American on the Western Front : The First World War Letters of Arthur Clifford Kimber, 1917-18
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Fired by idealism, the young student Arthur Clifford Kimber initially acted as a volunteer ambulance driver in order to get to the front quickly. In a gripping first-hand account of what he witnessed and who he met on his way to war and on the front, including poignant descriptions of wartime Britain and memorable encounters with former president Theodore Roosevelt and Hollywood actress Lillian Gish, it details Kimber’s frustration as he seeks an active role—enrolling within months in the fledgling U.S. Air Force—and follows his hopes and dreams for what lies after the war. But, after throwing himself into service and taking part in dogfights against "the Boche," he died just a few weeks before the end of the war, on the opening day of the Meuse-Argonne offensive. Kimber was one of the first Americans onto the front line and, tragically, was one of the last Americans to be buried. Here, his revelatory letters are published for the first time, along with his sketches.
Number of Pages: 351
Genre: Literary Collections, Biography + Autobiography, History
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Author: Patrick Gregory & Elizabeth Nurser
Street Date: April 1, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-30-1417
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