The Lost Battalion: A Private's Story is a unique, first-person perspective memoir of John W. Nell, one of the privates involved in the World War I "Lost Battalion" incident. Published 83 years after the events it relates, The Lost Battalion is a gripping tale of courage, terror, and survival. The Lost Battalion was not in fact "lost" at all. They were cut off and surrounded by German forces. They held out against incredible odds (including an artillery barrage of "friendly fire" from the American lines) until their presence compelled the German forces to retreat and American forces to finally reach them. World War I ended five weeks after this dramatic battle took place. A scattering of black and white photographs illustrate this slim but compelling story. The Lost Battalion is an essential addition to any World War I studies collection or reading list.