Washington, D.C. The Society of the Fifth Division, 1919. First Edition, First Printing. Swede Leather over the spine to boards.
Swede leather over the spine to boards with a map of the Meuse River and towns shown along the front spine edge, The bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear with minor rippling of the leather on the spine. The boards show modest handling. 4to; 11 inches tall, 424 pages, 11 folding maps and b/w photograph plates.
Very Good / No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #16283
The 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) nicknamed the ‘Red Diamond’, or the ‘Red Devils’ was an infantry division of the United States Army that served in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War, and with NATO and the U.S. Army III Corps.
The 5th Division was activated on 11 December 1917, just over eight months after the American entry into World War I.
The entire division had arrived in France by 1 May 1918 and components of the units were deployed into the front line.
On 12 September, the unit was part of a major attack that reduced the salient at St. Mihiel. The division later fought in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the largest battle fought by the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) (and the largest in the history of the U.S. Army) in World War I.