As America geared up for war in 1917, there was interest among Americans in accounts of what the fighting was like.
The newspapers of the time didn’t always identify where their stories were coming from. The Daily Banner was a member of the Associated Press and the Republican News used United Press, but they also ran unattributed stories and some of them seem oddly sanitized.
Sometime in July, one of the papers ran an account written by a young British officer about his first experience going “over the top.”
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