Book Event: With Their Bare Hands: The AEF, the 79th Division, and American Jews
Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:00-7:30 pm
presented by author Gene Fax
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street Boston, MA
In partnership with the Jewish Heritage Center
With Their Bare Hands traces the fate of the US 79th Division—men drafted off the streets of Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia—from boot camp in Maryland through the final years of World War I, focusing on their most famous engagement: the attack on Montfaucon, the most heavily fortified part of the German Line, during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in 1918. Drawing upon original documents, including orders, field messages, and the letters and memoirs of the soldiers themselves, some of which have never been used before, author Gene Fax will share the engrossing story of the 79th Division's bloody involvement in the final months of World War I and explore the role of American Jews in the Division. Book sales and signing to follow.