The Great War is remembered as a bloody and horrific war that disillusioned an entire generation. While this may have been an accurate depiction of the European war experience, the unique circumstances American soldiers found themselves in gave them a wholly different experience of the war. The most significant difference was the large number of Americans who never saw any sort of combat. An analysis of the letters of Edward Marcellus, a completely ordinary A.E.F. soldier, demonstrate the significant lack of change in the mind frame of American noncombatant soldiers during the Great War, and call attention to the problems inherent in allowing propaganda and literature to become the sole historical record.



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