The yr is 1918. German engineers have fortified Montfaucon, an increased citadel in northern France, with bunkers, tunnels, and a top-secret observatory in a position to directing artillery shells around the battlefield. Following a couple of unsuccessful assaults, the French have deemed Montfaucon impregnable. shooting it's the key to good fortune for basic John J. Pershing’s 1.2 million troops and his plan to finish the warfare. yet a betrayal of usa citizens by way of american citizens leads to a bloody debacle. In his masterful Betrayal at Little Gibraltar, William Walker tells the total tale for the 1st time.
After a hold up within the attack on Montfaucon, hundreds of thousands of american citizens misplaced their lives whereas the Germans defended their place with out mercy. Years of archival learn express the particular explanation for the hold up was once a senior American officer, significant common Robert E. Lee Bullard, who disobeyed orders to aid within the direct attack on Montfaucon. the outcome was once the pointless slaughter of yank doughboys in the course of the attack. even supposing a number of officials realized of the situations, Pershing secure Bullard—an outdated buddy and fellow West aspect graduate—by overlaying up the tale. the real and whole account of the conflict that fee 122,000 American casualties was once virtually misplaced to time.
A "military heritage for all libraries" (Library Journal), Betrayal at Little Gibraltar tells of the warriors who fought to trap the enormous fort and push the yankee improve. utilizing unpublished first-person accounts—and that includes photos, records, and maps—Walker describes the horrors of strive against, the sacrifices of the doughboys, and the decided efforts of 2 individuals to unravel the secret of Montfaucon. this is often compelling heritage, very important to be informed, an "as priceless account as Barbara Tuchman's The weapons of August" (Virginian-Pilot).
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