"I Was There" - With the Yanks on the Western Front 1917-1919 (beautifully bound copy, owned by Robert Sneath Caine, A.E.F.). C. Leroy Baldridge, Hilmar R. Baukhage.
"I Was There" - With the Yanks on the Western Front 1917-1919 (beautifully bound copy, owned by Robert Sneath Caine, A.E.F.)
"I Was There" - With the Yanks on the Western Front 1917-1919 (beautifully bound copy, owned by Robert Sneath Caine, A.E.F.)
"I Was There" - With the Yanks on the Western Front 1917-1919 (beautifully bound copy, owned by Robert Sneath Caine, A.E.F.)
"I Was There" - With the Yanks on the Western Front 1917-1919 (beautifully bound copy, owned by Robert Sneath Caine, A.E.F.)
"I Was There" - With the Yanks on the Western Front 1917-1919 (beautifully bound copy, owned by Robert Sneath Caine, A.E.F.)

"I Was There" - With the Yanks on the Western Front 1917-1919 (beautifully bound copy, owned by Robert Sneath Caine, A.E.F.)

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1919. First printing. Hardcover. First edition, 1919, quarto, full french maroon levant, raised bands, gilt titles, gilt dentelles, a.e.g., fine copy. Unpaginated, ca. 150 pp, mainly drawings, sketches, cartoons, some in color, interspersed with verses by Baukhage. With bookplate and signature of WWI hero Robert Sneath Cain, Captain in the 28th Infantry, A.E.F. (Baldridge was a private in the AEF). Robert Sneath Cain went on to be the Allegheny County Sheriff and later a commissioner in Pittsburgh. It is worth quoting a portion of 'Western Pennsylvanians' (1923) to get a picture of Cain's service in WWI: Mr. Cain returned with his regiment a couple of months before war was finally declared against Germany. On April 2, 1917, he again laid aside civilian life, placing his wife in charge of his business, and leaving three children in her care "over here" he started for "over there" to lay his life upon the altar of sacrifice, if necessary, in order that human liberty might endure. He again joined up with the historical Old Eighteenth Regiment, which became the 111th Regiment of Infantry when the new army of the Republic was formed. Although he entered this war as a second lieutenant, by the time the preliminary training at Camp Hancock was completed and the regiment had been transported to take up its place on the battle-front, he liad been advanced to the rank of captain. Thrown in at the Marne in the decisive struggle which halted the widely advertised triumphal march which the Kaiser was making to Paris, the 111th Regiment of the 28th Division played a part which is written in indelible letters in the history of the war. The invincible men of Company H, of which "Bob" Cain was the commander, were not by any means the smallest factor in the glorious record which this regiment made. With "Bob" Cain leading them on every occasion, they participated during the first month and a half in several of the most bloody and strenuous engagements of the war. "Fighting Bob" Cain led his men in the battles of Chateau-Thierry, Forest De Fere, Ourcq, Vesle River, Fismes, Fismette and Aisne Heights. At the battle of the Bois De Chateau Diable he won the American Distinguished Service Cross for exceptional bravery under fire. At Courlandon at the head of his men, he fell a victim of a machine gun bullet through his shoulder, which incapacitated liim for further fighting activity. Brought back to the United States in January, 1919, in a serious condition, his wound responded to treatment, and after several months he became fairly strong again. "Fighting Bob" Cain is adored by every American doughboy with whom he has come into contact. He is representative of the American doughboy who turned defeat into success, saved Paris and brought victory to the Allies. Fine. Item #H2402

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