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America was still neutral when, in the fall of 1941, a 30-year-old advertising executive from Connecticut volunteered to serve as an American Field Service ambulance driver in the British Army. It was the start of an adventure that took Scott Gilmore to Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, India and finally, to the jungles of Burma.
Fom the book cover: "In June, 1914, the author of this book, a well known Boston woman, bought a house in the Marne valley ... A few weeks later she found herself in the very centre of the battle of Marne ... This book is made up of genuine letters written from day to day to friends ..."
Section 647 was formed in 1917 at Sandricourt and absorbed many of the volunteer drivers of SSU 24, a section of the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Service (officially named the Motor Ambulance Sections of the American Red Cross), who had enlisted in the United States Army Ambulance Service.
Hugh S. Gibson (1883-1954) was a diplomat in the Foreign Service (1908-1938). He was secretary of the Legation in Brussels 1914-1916, thus living in Belgium at the time of the German invasion.
This book is a day-to-day account of life in Belgium during the first few months of the war, August-December 1914.
Brent K. Ashabranner (1921- ) was director of the Peace Corps program in India and deputy director of the Peace Corps in Washington, DC in the sixties.
Stephen P. Duggan (1870-1950) was co-founder and the first director (1919-1946) of the Institute of International Education (IIE) established im 1919 to advance international educational exchanges.
Letters and sketches describing the life of our boys in France, by a Yale student who served with the French Camion Service and later in the American Aviation Corps.
'Books by Field Service Men', The History of the American Field Service in France, "Friends of France", 1914-1917, Vol. III, (Boston and New York: Houghton and Mifflin Company, 1920), p. 555
... In the fictive form of a diary written on the spot, "A Tent in This World" chronicles six weeks in the autumn of 1947 when Bill, 24 years old, comes back to Naples, revisits the scenes that had most vividly impressed themselves on his young mind when he was a volunteer ambulance driver in the city three and a half years earlier, renews and strengthens his connections with the Fabbri family, particularly his friend and contemporary Luigi, and once more leaves the city, this time for Rome and new literary connections. ...
New York Times Book Review, 6/6/99
The history and the work of the Smith College Relief Unit in the Somme is known wherever reconstruction work in France is spoken of. This brief account does not purport to give anything but a small cross-section, the picture of but one of the villages in our care. It is told in the first person to make the telling easier. As I have said, of all our villages, Canizy was the most beloved. All the Unit had a share in it. [Preface]
The interesting and admirably written story of Section Two of the Field Service at Pont-à-Mousson during the autumn of 1915 and the early winter of 1916. The author was a member of this Section.
'Books by Field Service Men', The History of the American Field Service in France, "Friends of France", 1914-1917, Vol. III, p. 552.