By Jeff Patrick

Ward Loren Schrantz, of Carthage, Missouri, entered the U.S. military in 1912, at a time whilst army leaders have been nonetheless heavily debating the way forward for the pony cavalry. He left lively army carrier in 1946, after the USA dropped the atomic bomb on Japan. Schrantz served capably at a time whilst the U.S. army was once present process swift technological and strategic transformation and, as a journalist and attentive observer, left a bright own account of his time within the military and Missouri nationwide Guard.
Editor Jeff Patrick has woven 3 undated models of Schrantz's memoir right into a unmarried narrative enthusiastic about the moderately documented pre–World warfare I interval from 1912 to 1917, hence aiding to fill an important hole within the latest literature. Schrantz's memoir is impressive not just for the interval it covers, but additionally for its vigorous evocation of a soldier's existence throughout the U.S.-Mexico border disturbances of the early 20th century. Schrantz's account demonstrates the perennial distinction among how squaddies have been anticipated to act and the way they really behaved; it deals colourful and genuine info now not often on hand from reputable histories. Patrick additionally has extra an appendix along with the letters that Schrantz wrote for e-book in his place of birth newspaper, the Carthage night Press.
These records yield attention-grabbing insights into the attitudes and inclinations of U.S. squaddies in this time, in addition to the perceptions and evaluations of the "folks again home." scholars, students, and others drawn to army and borderlands heritage will locate a lot to get pleasure from in Guarding the Border: the army Memoirs of Ward Schrantz, 1912–1917.

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