“When the Americans fire a s…

“When the Americans fire a shot everybody sticks his
head over the gun pit to see if it hits the mark—if it does, we cheer, and if
it doesn’t, we swear— while the French all duck their heads when firing. Every
American soldier over here comes from “Missouri,” and they all have
to see everything that goes on, even though they could get “picked”
off by some “sniper” when they stick their heads up.”

1918, France, American soldier’s letter home –

The
Wisconsin Magazine Of History

– Photo: 1918, France, American snipers “sticking their heads up”. Library of Congress