Found what I think to be is a great book of poetry. Rhymes of a Lost Battalion Doughboy Wonderfully illustrated by Private Franklin Bly of "The Lost Battalion". - I've made free printable scans available for downloading in its entirety. (link below) - Send this link to those you think might be interested especially those in the military.
"Buck Private" McCollum and Buddies are the authors of several poems in a 28 page booklet. All were members of the 1st, 2nd, and some from the 3rd Battalions of the 308th Infantry, 77th Division. They were really 2 battalions and not singular as the title denotes. Led by Major Whittlesey and Capt. McMurty they were not really 'lost' but were cut off and found themselves in two separate traps of the enemy within 10 days. Through great suffering and privation those who survived numbered much less than those who went in. A short history of their ordeal is included in the booklet and along with the poem, The Fight of the Lost Battalion.
Through these poems, written in 1919, there are indications that much remains the same in war even when nearly 100 years and much technology separates the events.
I've scanned and uploaded the cover and pages of this booklet to make it available to everyone. There are also copies available online (Check Bookfinder.com - Rhymes of a Lost Battalion Doughboy in the title box) - but use care when ordering. Some unscrupulous bookdealers overcharge for newly published booklets. 1919 appears to be the first published edition.
The booklet in it's entirety can be downloaded from the links below. They were scanned at 150 DPI - Zip filed in a 24 MB folder - They can be printed out on 8-1/2"x11" and turned into a booklet if one so desires. Feel free to email the link or a link to this posting. Especially to those in our armed forces that you think might enjoy it.
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