“Our poilus friends have been very much taken …

poilus friends have been very much taken with the American songs, and every evening they gather in a ring before the
cars to hear the musical members of the section singing to the accompaniment of
mandolin and guitars.Tonight, the poilus decided to exchange courtesies, and they invited us to
their sleeping quarters, where wine and cakes were served al fresco, and chansons
de guerre were sung.”

WW1 American ambulance driver’s diary in France – History of the American Field Service in France – Photo: WW1 evening of al fresco singing in the Meuse sector, France. The singer stands to the left, in the shade. La Contemporaine.