History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion

[Chicago? L.C. McCollum, 1922]. Reprint. Paperback. 12mo (17.5cm); original tan pictorial card wrappers printed in black and gilt, yapp edges; 78pp.; folding photographic frontispiece, text printed within pictorial marginal decorations. Minor edge wear, front hinge a bit weak, else About Very Good. Item #717

World War I poetry collection preceded by a short tribute by the commander of the Lost Battallion, Charles White Wittlesey, dated November 11, 1920, a year before his disappearance (and possible suicide) from the Havana-bound SS Toloa. The Lost Battalion refers to the nine companies of the 77th Division who were decimated by the Germans in October, 1918, after the U.S. raid in the Argonne Forest. Of approximately 554 men, 197 were killed and 150 missing or taken prisoner. Jay Gatsby of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, hints at having been a surviving member of the Lost Battalion.

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