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by Robert Laplander

Since its release in 2006, 'Finding the Lost Battalion' by Robert J. Laplander has become the benchmark work against which all things Lost Battalion related have been measured. Now, in this updated 3rd edition released to coincide with the centennial of America's entry into Ww1, Mr. Laplander again takes us to the Charlevaux Ravine to delve deeper into the story than ever before! Meticulously chronicling what would become arguably the most famous event of America's part in the war, we find the truths behind the legend. Spanning twenty years of research and hundreds of sources (most never before seen), the reader is led through the Argonne Forest during September and October, 1918 virtually hour by hour. The result is the single most factual accounting of the Lost Battalion story and their leader, Charles W. Whittlesey, to date. Told in an entertaining, fast moving style, the book has become a favorite the world over! With new Forward by Major-General William Terpeluk, Us Army (Ret).
Download Finding the Lost Battalion: Beyond the Rumors, Myths and Legends of America's Famous WW1 Epic epub
ISBN: 1411676564
ISBN13: 978-1411676565
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Robert Laplander
Language: English
Publisher: (January 11, 2017)
Pages: 724 pages
ePUB size: 1217 kb
FB2 size: 1733 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 287
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"Finding the Lost Battalion" by Robert Lapland is probably the definitive book on the American force surrounded for a week in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I. The author examines the minute by minute (literally) details of not only the Americans involved but also the German perspective. Many of the survivors (there were almost 70% causalities) wrote letters, memoirs, or gave speeches which were pieced together in a chronological order. The commander of the "Lost Battalion" was Metal of Honor winner Major Charles Whittlesey. While not wounded in action, Major Whittlesey suffered from what we would now refer to as PTSD and committed suicide several years later. The only shortcomings of the book is that perhaps it is too detailed and slow moving in parts. It is a must read for anyone who loves military history.
Mr. Laplander's book about the Lost Battalion is quite fascinating. He writes in a very friendly and inviting way so that it feels more like you're talking to a friend when learning about the trials that these men went through. I did really enjoy learning about small things about the men who were there. I'm really looking forward to his other books coming out.
History to go with stories I heard as a kid from WWI veterans in the New York City area. Some had claimed to be there.
Laplander's dedication to erasing myths and replacing them with documented material is an approach that all readers should demand of any scholarly work. This book is remarkable in its depth and pursuit of truth, whether or not the discovered truths further some wide spread folk-image of history. Distorted versions of history, perhaps resulting from biases and emotions, can be seen in such phenomena as the Alamo, The Emancipation Proclamation, Andrew Jackson and many others. Now, thanks to Laplander's expertise, there is one less irksome myth out there.

The reader is cautioned, before even buying and/or reading his book, the maps are not very good. Also, the numerous grammatical and punction errors are a bit distracting, at least to this reader.

My congratulations to Mr. Laplander and a great triumph of scholarship!

Paul Baum, Ph.D.
Audrain County Historical Society
If you want to learn about the Lost Battalion, this is the best book out there. I have read numerous accounts on this part of the First World War and this (in my opinion) is the best one out there.
Good story and tons of detail to read through.
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This book is outstanding. It’s rich in detail that would bog down most such works of history, but Laplander marshals the detail – and he writes – in a way that is energetic and compelling. I was glued to this book! This is a tremendous contribution to U.S. history and I’m appreciative that Laplander wrote it.
Author Laplander's work is simply the definitive book on the Lost Battalion and its commander, Major Charles Whittlesey. For over 60 years the best book on the subject was the "The Lost Battalion" by Thomas Johnson and Fletcher Pratt published in 1938, but this book by Laplander published in 2006 far eclipses all earlier publications.

The reader may be surprised to find out, for example, that Whittlesey's battalion twice became surrounded by the Germans forward of the main line during the Meuse-Argonne offensive, but generally attention is centered solely on the second time.

The scholarship here is simply superior, the writing crisp and never tedius or boring, and the reader's questions concerning personnel and what happened to them are answered almost before they arise. Frankly, I can think of nothing negative to say, even the maps are extremely helpful.

In short, if the prospective reader has never read a book on the First World War, this is the one to read. Explanations abound, the human interest story is riveting, and one comes away with a full appreciation of combat at the time.

I unreservedly recommend this book.