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The American Soldier in World War One, A View From the Field

  • Wakeman Hall 401 Farnsworth Road Waterville, OH, 43566 United States (map)

Dave Westrick is a retired Communications Consultant and Historical Researcher. He serves on the board of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission and the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor. 

One Hundred Years ago the United States entered the First World War. The young American soldiers, called doughboys, came from small towns and farms. Most had never seen a big city. Very few had ever been in a foreign country. None of them were prepared for a modern war. Their concept of war was based on stories of the American Civil War and the Old West. They found themselves in a strange land facing machine guns, high explosives, poison gas and airplanes. Despite the shock and horror of trench warfare, the Americans not only survived but prevailed. Using copies actual combat art and an extensive collection of artifacts, including weapons, uniforms and gear, Historical Interpreter Dave Westrick gives us a glimpse into the life the doughboy and the experience that changed the world.

P.O. Box 263,  Waterville, OH  43566            whs43566@outlook.com

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