World War I Diary of Col Frank P. Lahm
The World War I Diary of Col Frank P. Lahm, edited by Albert F. Simpson (1970). 271 pages. – http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a529659.pdf
Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:
- Who was Hobart “Hobey” Baker?
- How were balloons used by the allies in World War I?
- What activities did a deployed officer engage in while not on duty?
This work begins with a biographical sketch of Colonel Lahm, then proceeds to his diary. Following the diary is a list of over 1,000 people who were identified by the editors of Col. Lahm’s diary. This “personnel list” begins on page 224 of the PDF file. People get at most two sentences and usually much less. Following the personnel list is a list of military units with page numbers next to them.
In the diary Col. Lahm records both work and leisure duties, making this a good work for a writer setting her stories in Europe during the late 1910s . Lahm’s first assignment was the inspection of balloon schools in Britain and France and so might offer a less common view of the First World War.