Winston Churchill, the American author, writes about his experiences in Europe during WWI after leaving New York in the summer of 1917. He and countless other Americans travel to Europe to join the war effort by building shelters for the homeless French, driving ambulances, and becoming a part of the American Field Service.
The bourgeoisie including lawyers, doctors, businessmen, newspaper correspondents, movie photographers, and millionaires leave their comforts to take on the hardships of war-effected countries and support the Allies. Women also partake in the war efforts and are eager to begin “being useful” as one of the women describes it. They join the Red Cross without a backward glance at their once sheltered lives.
The French gladly welcome the Americans and ask if they come to save them-Churchill confirms this notion and adds they also come to save themselves. Bombs over London become a regular occurrence. Despite the war, however, life in London goes on. Contrary to Churchill’s expectations, restaurants and theatres buzz with people. He is even served bread and sugar during meals.
Churchill and the officers and sailors get used to five to eight days of brutal vigilance and the hardships of war followed by three days of leisure spent at clubs, golf courses, and tennis courts.
- AP Publishing House, March 2013
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