Academic journal article Military Review

The Remains of Company D

Academic journal article Military Review

The Remains of Company D

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THE REMAINS OF COMPANY D, James Carl Nelson, St. Martin's Press, New York, 2010, 400 pages, $15.99.

James Nelson's The Remains of Company D is a micro-history that explores the experiences of the men of D Company, 28th Infantry, 1st Division, in World War I. The work follows the doughboys from their training at various stateside camps, through the battlefields of France, and to their reintegration back into American society at the end of the Great War. Much like Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers, Nelson follows the individual stories of the officers and men who served in the company to provide an intimate exploration of how a small unit, and each of its soldiers, experienced the war. Because the 28th Infantry was one of the first American units to serve in France, participating in most of the American Expeditionary Forces' major battles and campaigns, the book also provides a larger portrait of how the army fought and endured the Great War.

Nelson was inspired to write the book by the service of his grandfather, John Nelson, a Company D, World War I veteran, whose life nearly ended during his unit's assault on Berzy during the Aisne-Marne Campaign of July 1918. …

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