A Day With the Old Folks, Verdun 1916


This book is the story of one day in the lives of a half squad of men engaged in one of the bloodiest battles of World War One.The Old Folks is a unique group who got their name not because of age but rather for their uncanny ability to survive together for over a year in deadly circumstances. While they weathered artillery bombardments and attacks without wounds or deaths, the four who filled the rst of the squad came and went as easily as rain as did company commanders and nearly the entire company roster.  Other squads avoid them and made up stories about them sucking up all the luck of those assigned to their ranks.  The book looks into their dreams and their reasons for being where they are.  

About the Author

Author Name : Michael Kihntopf

     Michael P. Kihntopf is retired U.S. Air Force captain (23 years) and retired high school world history and special education teacher. He holds a B.A. in history from Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas with graduate work at University of Texas at San Antonio. He is the author of two non-fiction books about the World War 1 Eastern Front and four historical military fiction books about the Great War and its aftermath in Eastern Europe. He is the chairperson for the Southwest Branch of the World War I Historical Association, an organization affiliated with the Western Front Association which has chapters worldwide. He has written over 20 articles about many aspects of World War 1. They have been published in magazines such as Command, Relevance, Military History, Strategy and Tactics, and on line at militaryhistoryonline.com. He has also written book reviews for the Military History Journal and the blog Roads to the Great War.


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