Wed, May 20, 2015

Doughboys in the Great War: How American Soldiers Viewed Their Military Experience

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All lectures are held in the multipurpose rooms of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The building opens at 6:30 p.m., the talk begins at 7:15 p.m., and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m. All are welcome, and the event is free! For further information, please call 717-245-3972

May 20, 2015 (Wednesday)
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series with Dr. Edward Gutierrez

Dr. Edward Gutierrez
Lecture Date:May 20, 2015
Title: "Doughboys in the Great War"

What was it like to kill German soldiers, or to watch a comrade succumb to a violent death at the hands of a hated enemy? Or to return home after facing such violence? Telling the stories as only a doughboy could, American Soldiers answered these and similar questions upon returning home from the Great War in 1918. Thousands of Soldiers completed questionnaires detailing their experiences, duties, interactions, and frustrations about their time spent in Europe while it was still fresh in their minds. Dr. Edward Gutierrez, in a lecture based on his recent book, Doughboys in the Great War, will examine the shell-shocked stories and use the doughboys' own voices to paint a picture of their experiences, from volunteering or being drafted to their involvements in dangerous battles. Gutierrez discovered, from the Soldiers' own opinions and views, a distinct contradiction between the accepted popular history of Soldier-level warfighting and the truth from stories of the men in the trench. By using their reflections, Gutierrez learned these Soldiers were not disillusioned by the mud and slog of trenches and shell holes; instead, he argues the war-hardened doughboys were proud of their service, duty, honor, and country.

Dr. Edward Gutierrez received his PhD in history from The Ohio State University and is an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford. He recently received the University of Hartford's Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes the outstanding contribution to teaching and learning by part-time faculty. Gutierrez' scholarship has earned him other recognitions, including the "War and Trauma, Memory and Memorialization" Fellowship from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifque in France, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for the publication of "Sherman was Right: The Experience of AEF Soldiers in the Great War."