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And They Thought We Wouldn't Fight

And They Thought We Wouldn't Fight

Floyd Gibbons, "And They Thought We Wouldn't Fight",  © 1918, George H. Doran Company, New York, Hardcover, 410 Pages.  15 Illustrations from Photographs.

From the Publisher

Personal adventures of an American war correspondent who was on the Laconia when she was torpedoed, saw Pershing and his men land in England, went with them to France and was wounded while observing them in action in the Toul sector. Will not take the place of Palmer for a survey of the the whole American army but gives more information than the sketches by Cobb.

The first great story of the American Expeditionary Force, a panoramic picture, a first-hand account from A to Z, by the famous correspondent wounded in action at Château-Thierry. Foch has written that no man is more qualified than Gibbons to tell the true story of the Western Front. Pershing has siad that is was Gibbons' great opportunity to give the people in America a life-like picture of the work of the American soldier in France.

940.4 European War, 1914 - Personal narratives, American 18-23560/3 Illustrated.

Book Review - The Independent

Mr. Gibbonss had the opportunity to mingle with the enlisted men, and he describes them in every phase of their life in France from the time they landed there until shortly before the armistice was signed. It is a life-like picture that he draws, for even in new situations and unfamiliar surroundings we recognize the Yankee, enjoy his humor and appreciate his ingenuity. Mr. Gibbons has shared the doughboy's experiences, so that the story he gives us is in the language of the American soldier who just talks his way through "And They Thought We Wouldn't Fight."

-- Review from "The Independent", March 8, 1919, Page 340

Book Review - New Outlook

It is easy to see why this book has become one of the most popular in the literature of the war. It is written by a well-known correspondent, is lifelike and vivacious in its description of the American soldier in France, and is happy in its combination of description and talk with the American soldier himself.

-- Review from "The Outlook", 29 January 1919, Page 171


  1. The Sinking of the Laconia
  2. Pershing's Arrival in Europe
  3. The Landing of the First American Contingent in France
  4. Through the School of War
  5. Making the Men Who Man the Guns
  6. Frontward Ho!
  7. Into the Line -- The First American Shot in the War
  8. The First American Sector
  9. The Night Our Guns Cut Loose
  10. Into Picardy to Meet the German Push
  11. Under Fire
  12. Before Cantigny
  13. The Rush of the Raiders -- "Zero at 2 A.M."
  14. On Leave in Paris
  15. Château-Thierry and the Bois de Belleau
  16. Wounded -- How It Feels to be Shot
  17. Good Morning, Nurse
  18. Groans, Laughs and Sobs in the Hospital
  19. July 18th -- The Turn of the Tide
  20. The Dawn of Victory
  21. Personnel of the American Expeditionary Forces in France

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • LC Control No.: 18023560
  • Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
  • Personal Name: Gibbons, Floyd Phillips, 1887-1939.
  • Main Title: "And they thought we wouldn’t fight."
  • Published/Created: New York, Doran [c1918]
  • Description: 410 p. illus. 21 cm.
  • Additional Formats: Also available in digital form on the Internet Archive Web site.
  • Subjects:
    • World War, 1914-1918 --Personal narratives.
    • World War, 1914-1918 --Campaigns --Western Front.
  • LC Classification: D570.9 .G5
  • Other System No.: (OCoLC)2178265
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