Army Boys in the French Trenches Or, Hand to Hand Fighting with the Enemy was written in 1919. The Army Boy series endeavored to stir up patriotic sentiment and eagerness to fight in the young men of the WWI era. The story begins in the trenches with the American soldiers waiting for the signal for the battle to begin. "The gallant soldier boys go 'over the top' and have some thrilling hand-to-hand encounters with the enemy. There are hours of extreme peril -- capture and escape -- and moments when matters look truly disastrous. Many particulars are given of how the soldier boys enjoy themselves during their off hours, and particulars of heroic work which is bound to thrill every reader." -- 1919. Sully; Saalfield; World Syndicate."