For anyone who enjoyed Frank Glick’s story and who may be interested in further reading about World War One, I have included some of my favorites below:
To the Limit of Endurance, a Battalion of Marines in the Great War by LtCol Peter F. Owen, USMC Ret. This book deals specifically with Frank’s battalion in training and in France and after the Armistice. Frank’s death is mentioned in this book as well as the following book. Written by a Marine Infantry Officer, he gives a lot of common sense views not often found by some armchair generals. Very good book, excellent maps, photos & charts.
The World War I Memoirs of Don V. Paradis, Gunnery Sergeant, USMC This book is from a Marine in Frank’s own company. His book specifically deals with Frank’s death. It begins with their training at Parris Island and Quantico and their exploits in France. It also contains many excellent maps, photos and charts.
Devil Dogs, Fighting Marines of World War I by George B. Clark. This is probably the best single volume of the Marines participation in World War I. In addition to the great prose, the maps, charts and photos are first rate. Even the footnotes make great reading!
Soldiers of the Sea, the U.S. Marine Corps, 1775-1962 by Col. Robert Debs Heinl, Jr. USMC Ret. This is an excellent, extremely readable history of the Corps. One of my favorite parts is “The Corps Scene” which includes little snapshots in time that end each chapter.
And They Thought We Wouldn’t Fight by Floyd Gibbons. Mr. Gibbons was a “rock star” journalist for the Chicago Tribune. This book was published in 1918 while the war was ongoing. He covers many aspects of the soldiers, airmen, and Marines in the fight in France. Similar to the famous Ernie Pyle in WWII, he wrote of the common soldier as well as the highest general. He makes you feel as if you are there. Mr. Gibbons was wounded 3 times on 6 June with the Marines as they crossed the wheat fields to Belleau Wood. He lost an eye there. A very hard to find book, but well worth the search.
With the Help of God and a Few Marines by Col Albertus Catlin. (Frank Glick’s regimental commander) Published in 1919, just as the war ended, it gives fresh insight to the war in a very readable style. This book has many “extras” including award citations for individual Marines and Sailors attached to the 4th Marine Brigade. It also includes a snapshot of Marine Corps history to that point in time.
The Doughboys, the Story of the AEF, 1917-1918 by Lawrence Stallings. Wonderful book about the exploits of the soldiers, Marines and airmen of the First World War in France. Included is an appendix with hard to find statistics of the war (and he makes it interesting, to boot!).
Make the Kaiser Dance by Henry Berry. A collection of living memories of the World War One doughboys. First published in 1978 when that generation is about where our WWII/Korean War veterans are now. Great stories wonderfully captured.
Fix Bayonets by Col John W. Thomason, USMC. A collection of short stories about the Marines in World War One and in the Banana Wars and duty in China between the wars. Fiction, but great prose. Without a doubt, the greatest Marine author of his generation.
Through the Wheat (A Novel of the World War I Marines by Thomas Boyd. Little disguised as fiction as he recounts the story of a Marine’s saga in the World War. Mr. Boyd was in the same regiment as Frank Glick. This is considered one of the best novels of the war.
His Time in Hell, a Texas Marine in France Memoirs of Warren R. Jackson. A well written memoir of a Marine in the 5th Marines from training at Parris Island and Quantico and on to the battles in France and in Germany after the Armsitice.
Suddenly We Didn’t Want to Die Memoirs of Elton E. Mackin. Another excellent memoir, similar to the previous book. Mackin was a runner. He was responsible to deliver messages from the commander to his units. Telephones were new to the military, but the constant shelling shredded the lines and it was necessary to send runners to pass information. Runners were volunteers who were oft referred to as the “suicide squads” because of the special dangers they faced.
Over There, A Marine in the Great War by Carl Brannan. This Marine joined the ranks of Frank’s 80th Company on 8 June, almost a week after his death. His story continues through Belleau Wood, Soissons, Blanc Mont and into the occupation of Germany after the Armistice.
World War I Movies
Sergeant York with Gary Cooper. Classic movie and one of the best about the war. A young Hell raiser gets religion and has conflicts about going to war.
What Price Glory with Jimmy Cagney. Excellent movie about the Marines in France. More of a light hearted comedy in parts, but does have some combat included. Robert Wagner makes his film debut here.
The Lost Battalion with Rick Schroeder. Excellent movie with lots of action.
War Horse a good Disney movie with a WWI background.