The 32nd Division was a National Guard unit composed of volunteers from Michigan and Wisconsin. The Midwest Goes to War tells the story of the 32nd and its participation during the Great War in France. Following the formation, training, and deployment of the 32nd, the book gives a chronological account of the mobilization, transport, assumption of combat responsibilities, resumption of the offense that led to the eventual defeat of Germany, and the division's time spent in Germany as an occupation force. The Division fought in the major campaigns of 1918 and sustained many losses, yet always accomplished its mission. Numerous individual heroic exploits are examined as well as the tactical and strategic contributions of the 32nd. Based on numerous personal accounts, diaries, and period publications, as well as recent works and extensive archival research, this book examines the influx of new units and personnel; it demonstrates the resumption of the mobile offensive, rejection of static defense, and celebrates the victories of the citizen soldier.
John W. Barry teaches High School in the suburban Baltimore, Maryland area. He is a former infantry officer in the U.S. Marines, and he served as a Special Agent in the FBI for thirty years.
Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 1 We Were Involved! Part 3 2 The Home Front Part 4 3 The American Expiditionary Forces and the 32nd Division Part 5 4 Aisne-Marne Offensive: July-August 1918 Part 6 5 Oise-Aisne Offensive: August-September 1918 Part 7 6 Meuse-Argonne Offensive: September-November 1918 Part 8 7 March to the Rhine and Occupation: 1918-1919 Part 9 8 The Impact of War Part 10 Appendix: Organization of the 32nd Division Part 11 Bibliographic Essay Part 12 Bibliography Part 13 Index Part 14 About the Author