By Nancy O'Brien Wagner
In March 1918, twenty-six-year-old Alice O'Brien and 3 shut acquaintances trigger from big apple harbor, sure for wartime France. in contrast to the warriors aboard their send, they have been unpaid volunteers. because the daughter of a prosperous kin, Alice had no use to work—no have to visit battle. yet she additionally drove her personal automobile, used to be proficient as an car mechanic, spoke French, and had the eagerness and resolution to give a contribution selflessly to the conflict effort.
Alice and her pals joined hundreds of thousands of yankee girls serving as nurses, clerks, drivers, and canteen employees for the pink move, Salvation military, and different corporations. Her letters domestic, filled with breezy gossip and telling aspect, describe residing stipulations, attitudes and activities of French squaddies and civilians, and her personal awesome efforts close to front. Alice used to be courageous and humorous, proud and jingoistic, privileged and unassuming, and Alice made a distinction in France.
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Alice in France: The World War I Letters of Alice M. O’Brien by Nancy O'Brien Wagner