Academic journal article Military Review

As I Saw It in the Trenches: Memoir of a Doughboy in World War I

Academic journal article Military Review

As I Saw It in the Trenches: Memoir of a Doughboy in World War I

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AS I SAW IT IN THE TRENCHES: Memoir of a Doughboy in World War I Dae Hinson, McFarland & Company, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2015, 188 pages

As I Saw It in the Trenches is a first-person memoir written by Dae Hinson, a soldier in the First World War. His original memoir was saved by his nephew, who published the text with the intent of bringing Hinson's experiences during the World War I to the historical record. Reading this book will prove valuable to any reader of military history.

Hinson's memoir is new to the historical record and adds additional understanding, from an interesting perspective, to the history of this war. As with any memoir written by a soldier, this one offers great value to the reader. It stands out because the range and depth of Hinson's wartime experience span three years, from the time of his enlistment in Louisiana through to his last engagement in battle. As an infantryman, his combat experience was extensive. It included fighting in both the Second Battle of the Marne in July and August 1918, and the Battle of Saint-Mihiel in September 1918.

With the exception of an introduction by Hinson's nephew, the book is void of any other narrative. It is an authentic reflection of Hinson's experiences--even with an occasional missing page. His writing style is very descriptive and frank, and he does a very good job describing the indescribable. …

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