Jimmy Goes to War

By

LESLIE W. QUIRK

With illustrations by

RAYMOND LUFKIN

BOSTON
LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY

1931

Number Four, wholly out of control, leaped and tore like a panther.

 

FOREWORD

TO MY READERS:

There are eighty thousand words in this book about Jimmy Perrin and his adventures in the World War. Before you begin the story, I want to upset all precedent and say two hundred words about myself.

I was there.

Many of Jimmy's adventures in the book were also mine. Under the auspices of the American Field Service, which supplied ambulance drivers for the French, I sailed for Europe on the Aurania in October, 1917, just as he did; and after being introduced to war with a submarine attack during the voyage, a Zeppelin raid in London, and a chaotic period in Paris, I went to Soissons and enlisted in the Reserve Mallet, described in Stars and Stripes, the official A. E. F. newspaper, as "that flying squadron of emergency transportation, that trundling troop of trucks, that charging company of camions found wherever a crisis develops."

So this story is based on first-hand knowledge. All of us, I suspect, are inclined to shy off from a yarn when we guess the writer is building wholly on what he has heard or read or imagined: Whatever the faults of this book, you may rest assured it is an honest picture and record. I was there.

So was the Jimmy Perrin of the story. Jimmy is the fellow I wish you might have been.

L.W.Q.

MAY, 1930,
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA.

 

CONTENTS

 I. BREAD OF ADVENTURE
 II. "CURIOSITY KILLED A CAT"
 III. THE FIRST GUNS OF WAR
 IV. A CHIP OF THE OLD BLOCK
 V. "TAKE COVER!" .
 VI. PARIS NIGHTS .
 VII. THE TRAIN TO SOISSONS
 VIII. OF THE U. S. A.
 IX. THE BOY WHO WALKED ALONE
 X. HE WANTED TO DRIVE .
 XI. CONVOY!
 XII. THE KID FROM HOME .
 XIII. FROM SOUP TO NUTS .
 XIV. SOMETHING HAPPENS .
 XV. THE CROIX DE GUERRE .
 XVI. THE GAS CAR
 XVII. GYPSY JOKES
 XVIII. RETREAT
 XIX. "THE YANKS ARE COMING"
 XX. NORTH OF CHÂTEAU-THIERRY
 XXI. UNDER SHELL FIRE
 XXII. THE TEST
 XXIII. DREAD
 XXIV. TANKS TO THE FRONT
 XXV. ROLL CALLS IN RHEIMS
 XXVI. THE RACE WITH DAWN
 XXVII. ONE DAY IN NOVEMBER
 XXVIII. JIMMY GROWS UP

 ILLUSTRATIONS


Chapter One