THE WAR INTERLUDE
SHRAPNEL and mustard gas, muddy trenches shared with rats and vermin, odorous dressing stations thronged with tortured bodies, crowded transports going to oblivion at the whim of unseen torpedoes! Glamorous war! America was thrilled and almost pleasantly horrified by the spectacle of Europe ablaze. Newspaper headline type grew bigger and circulations kept pace. Human tides flowed back and forth along the Marne, over ruins of charming Normandy villages, and at impregnable Verdun. Americans, prating about their neutrality, eagerly plotted on maps the changing fortunes along the Western Front and made scholarly appraisals of the military tactics employed.
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