American Expeditionary Forces/Bibliography

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A list of key readings about American Expeditionary Forces.
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  • Ayres, Leonard P. The War With Germany: A Statistical Summary (1919); online edition
  • Barbeau, Arthur E., and Florette Henri. The Unknown Soldier: Black American Troops in World War I (1974).
  • Bassett, John Spencer. Our War with Germany: A History (1919) online edition
  • Chambers, John W., II. To Raise an Army: The Draft Comes to Modern America (1987)
  • Clark, George B. The Second Infantry Division in World War I: A History of the American Expeditionary Force Regulars, 1917-1919 (2007)
  • Coffman, Edward M. The War to End All Wars: The American Military Experience in World War I (1998). the standard history excerpt and text search
  • Cooke, James J. The U.S. Air Service In the Great War: 1917-1919 (1996). 272 pgs.
  • Cooke, James J. Pershing and His Generals: Command and Staff in the AEF (1997) excerpt and text search; also online edition
  • Cooke, James J. The Rainbow Division in the Great War, 1917-1919, (1994) edition
  • Dastrup, Boyd L. King of Battle: A branch history of the U.S. Army's field artillery (1992)
  • D'Este, Carlo. Patton: A Genius for War (1996)
  • Frandsen, Bert. Hat in the Ring: The Birth of American Air Power in the Great War (2003). 320 pp.
  • Gawne, Jonathan. Over There!: The American Soldier in World War I (1999)- 83 pages, heavily illustrated
  • Grotelueschen, Mark Ethan. The AEF Way of War: The American Army and Combat in World War I (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Hallas, James H. Doughboy War: The American Expeditionary Force in World War I (2000) online edition
  • Heller, Charles. Chemical Warfare in World War I: The American Experience, 1917-1918 (2005)
  • Holley, I. B. Ideas and Weapons: Exploitation of the Aerial Weapon by the United States During World War I(1983)
  • Huelfer, Evan Andrew. The "Casualty Issue" in American Military Practice: The Impact of World War I (2003) excerpt and text search
  • Hurley, Alfred F. Billy Mitchell, Crusader for Air Power (1975)
  • James, D. Clayton. ' The Years of MacArthur Volume 1: 1880-1941 1970)
  • Johnson, Herbert A. Wingless Eagle: U.S. Army Aviation Through World War I (2001). 298 pp.
  • Kennett, Lee. First Air War, 1914-1918 (1999). 288 pp.
  • Millett, Allan R. "Over Where? The AEF and the American Strategy for Victory, 1917-1918," in Kenneth J. Hagan and William R. Roberts, eds. Against All Enemies: Interpretations of American Military History from Colonial Times to the Present. (1986), pp 235-54; online edition
  • Millett, Allan R. The General: Robert L. Bullard and Officership in the United States Army, 1881-1925 (1975).
  • Nenninger, Timothy K. "Tactical Dysfunction in the AEF, 1917-1918," Military Affairs, Vol. 51, No. 4 (Oct., 1987), pp. 177-181 in JSTOR
  • Odom, William O. After the Trenches: The Transformation of U.S. Army Doctrine, 1918-1939 (1999) online edition
  • Rainey, James W "Ambivalent Warfare: The Tactical Doctrine of the AEF in World War I" Parameters 13 (September 1983): 34-46. influential article
  • Skilman, Willis Rowland. The A.E.F.: Who They Were, what They Did, how They Did it (1920) 231 pp; full text online
  • Smith, Gene. Until the Last Trumpet Sounds: The Life of General of the Armies John J. Pershing (1999), popular biography. excerpt and text search
  • Smythe, Donald. Pershing General of the Armies (1980), standard biography
  • Snell, Mark A. Unknown Soldiers: The American Expeditionary Forces in Memory and Remembrance (2008)
  • Thomas, Shipley. The History of the A. E. F. (1920), 540pp; full text online
  • Trask, David. The AEF and Coalition Warmaking: 1917-18 (1993), influential study of relations with Britain and France; highly critical of Pershing; excerpt and text search
  • Vandiver, Frank E. Black Jack: The Life and Times of John J. Pershing (2 vol. 1977), standard biography
  • Venzon, Anne ed. The United States in the First World War: An Encyclopedia (1995)
  • Votow, John. The American Expeditionary Forces in World War I (2005) - 96 pp; excerpt and text search
  • Werner, Bret. Uniforms, Equipment And Weapons of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I (2006)
  • Wilson, Dale E. Treat 'Em Rough!: The Birth of American Armor, 1917-20 (1990)
  • Woodward, David R. Trial by Friendship: Anglo-American Relations 1917-1918, (1993)
  • Zieger, Susan. In Uncle Sam's Service: Women Workers with the American Expeditionary Force, 1917-1919 (2004) excerpt and text search

Primary sources

  • Freidel, Frank, ed. Over There (1964), excerpts from memoirs and letters
  • Harbord, James G. The American Army in France, 1917-1918 (1936)
  • Liggett, Hunter. A.E.F. Ten Years Ago in France (1928)
  • Marshall, George C. Memoirs of My Services in the World War, 1917-1918 (1976).
  • Pershing, John J. My Experiences in the World War (2 vol 1931)
  • Pershing, John J. Final Report of Gen. John J. Pershing: Commander-in-Chief American Expeditionary Forces. (1919) full text online
  • U.S. Army, 82nd Division. Official History of 82nd Division American Expeditionary Forces (1919) 310 pp. full text online
  • U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers. Historical Report of the Chief Engineer (1919) 437 pp; full text online
  • Walton, Robert Cutler, ed. Over There: European Reaction to Americans in World War I (1972)