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I want to thank the Shepard family for sharing their father/grandfather’s diary with us. It is a great resource of information for future historian and those like me who want to know more about the Great War that took place 100 years ago.
Shepard was in the 301st Signal Corp Field Battalion that was stationed in France in 1918. I found the description of his trip through Montreal, Quebec in the spring of 1918 very interesting as was his descriptions of the troop ship journey down the St. Lawrence River. He noted how war weary the Canadians were after four years of war.
The Signal Corp is primarily a non-combatant unit. Shepard provided great descriptions of France and the people. He was in the American sector at Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine. He was stationed on the hill called Mousson Hill during the St. Mihiel Salient and the Meuse-Argonne offensive. This is the area of Joan of Ark. His description of November 11, 1918 was most moving. Shepard provided a good description of what the daily life of a signal officer was like in 1918.
The diary is short and an easy read. This story could have been greatly improved with a narrator such as John Wray. The narrator B. Z. Kelly was barely adequate. The reason I am giving this book a 3 star instead of a four star is because of the narrator.
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