Letters from a Liaison Officer 1918-1919
Mitchell, Capt. Clarence Van Schaick

New Jersey: Privately Printed at the Princeton U. Press, 1920. F 105 pages, many unopened. Inscribed and signed in purple ink on the front endpaper by the author. Black and white frontispiece portrait, other portraiture & scenes from World War One France in the text: General Petain, General de Castelnau, Village of Mirecourt, General Wright, General Mangin & others. The author notes in the "Foreword" that these letters "...have been printed for the family and friends of their writer, and in the belief that, as time passes, all first hand impressions of the Great War will have a certain value..." According to Frederick Sumner Mead in his book Harvard's Military Record in the World War, (Harvard, 1921), the service of the author was extensive: "Clarence Van Schaick Mitchell, LL.B. '17. Ambulance driver, Harjes Formation for the Hospital militaire du Val-de- Grace, winter 1914-1915, with French Army on Somme front. Entered Officers' Training Camp, Plattsburg, N.Y., May 1917; commissioned captain Cavalry August 15; assigned to Company B, 302d Machine Gun Battalion, 76th Division, September 2; sailed for France January 31, 1918; assigned to Headquarters Intermediate Section, Nevers, February 24 and detailed as judge advocate; attached to staff of General de Castelnau, Group of Armies of the East, March 30 as liaison officer; returned to United States March 13, 1919; discharged March 15, 1919. Engagements: Seicheprey sector, Saint-Mihiel offensive." Printed at the Princeton University Press; original paper covered boards, black cloth spine; some edge-wear and soiling to binding; contents in very good condition; the author was very well-educated and observant, his advantageous placement in the war allowing him to record major events as they unfolded in the conflict. Very Good Hardcover (Item ID: 24875)


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