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W.W.I.; John Platt, Jr.; Coleman Clark]
Fighting the Great War with an Ambulance - an archive of a W.W.I American ambulance driver. 47 items
1919. An archive of World War I material from John Platt Jr. [1894 - 1966], a 23 year old volunteer ambulance driver with the American Field Service and United States Army, 1917 - 1919. A captivating group of 47 items providing a personal look into the world of the volunteer ambulance driver before the American involvement in W.W.I on both sides of the trenches. A unique aspect to this collection is the German perspective, revealed through captured photographs & a propaganda leaflet which depict life in the German trenches. Of special note is a rare photo of 'American Soldiers Captured at Morhange, Dec. 21, 1917', members of the 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Division. This is an image of the very first American soldiers captured by the Germans during a night trench raid on 3 November, 1917, in which the first 3 American casualties of the war were also inflicted on the American Expeditionary Force. This group photograph is a slightly different and previously unknown frame from the same photo session as the German propaganda postcard titled "Die Ersten Gefangenen Amerikaner" (The First Captured Americans) in the Library of Congress. Our research showed only four variations of images of these captured soldiers exist, beside this one.* Two of them are versions of this image used as German postcards. There is also a rare German "Flying Leaflet", Deutsche Flugblätter: "Demokratie und Frieden" (Democracy and Peace), comparing the democracies of France, England and the Wilson-led United States with that of Germany. Included is a partial translation by Platt. We were not able to … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
Vendeur: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints, ABAA [Garrison, NY, U.S.A.]
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