Author: 100 years ago, the war Waldo saw


                                            “A prisoner looks like such a harmless

 "There had been an attack and we saw 300
German prisoners brought in and taken to the General to inspect. I have to
confess to a feeling of irrational pity for these chaps. A prisoner looks like
such a harmless thing.“

July 1918, American Ambulance driver’s diary in France – Photo: July
1918,  France, a powerful photo of a wounded German prisoner. Text &
Photo @ the Amherst Black Cats’ Twitter feed

“Monday, July 15 1918 – Going to Bourson…

“Monday, July 15 1918 – Going to Boursonne with a load of “Yperités”  – French name for men gassed
with mustard the kind of gas first used by the Germans at Ypres. The boches are shooting over all kinds of
gas and as a consequence I am going day and night.”

ambulance driver’s diary in Boursonne, Aisne France, in the Soissonnais on the eve of the Battle of Soissons The compensations of War – Photo: WW1 Canadian “Yperités”, victims of a mustard gas attack, being evacuated behind the lines – 

“It moves me to tears when we sing our Russian…

“It moves me to tears
when we sing our Russian songs in the French village much to the French officers’
surprise! And every evening, we organize outdoor choirs and dances which are
not bad at all! We don’t have much, we sleep on hay on the floor, but we are
not  miserable.”

WW1 Russian volunteer
member of the Légion Russe des volontaires in the French Army, in Mailly, Champagne, France
– From the beautiful “Souvenirs d’un volontaire russe dans
l’armée française, 1914-1916″
– Photo: WW1, in
France, a Russian volunteers’ performance – @ La Courtine 

“July 15 1918 – On kitchen duty – Yesterday wa…

“July 15 1918 – On kitchen
duty – Yesterday was the French 4th.
They held a field meet. Our fellow took in the sport for fun but refused all
prizes. We won everything but the horse race. Our rider was soused and could hardly hold to the nag.”

American ambulance driver’s diary in Rambluzin, Verdun sector, France –
Diaries of Samuel Keplinger – Photo: WW1, Verdun sector,  American ambulance drivers peeling potatoes. La

                                    “The thing…

                                    “The thing that won her over completely was her dog”

‘July 11 1918 – The old lady who owns the billet is delightful. She’s
a little bit of a dried up person, and she
regarded me with deep suspicion, but I’ve now succeeded in winning her over.
She thawed a little when she found I talked French — but the thing that won her
over completely was her dog. When I first came in I was greeted with furious
barkings and growling and I just walked on past him. Later, as I was
sitting reading, the dog solemnly advanced, wagged his tail, and then put his
head on my knee to be patted. After that the old lady and I became fast friends
and now I am “Monsieur Quentin” and a privileged person. Among other things she
told me that she had German officers quartered in her house in 1870 and
then again in 1914. Think of it.’

In Marne, France, Lt. Quentin Roosevelt, American pilot and fourth son
of former President Theodore Roosevelt ‘s last letter – From the beautiful book 
Roosevelt: A Sketch with Letters
– Sadly, 3 days after this letter, on  Sunday July 14 1918, he was shot down and killed by a German Fokker
plane over the Marne River in France. – Photo; 1918, Quentin Roosevelt and a
doggy in France @ Library of Congress.



“What a wonderful meaning is wrapped up in this one word; what
wonderful thoughts it bring to all of us. Let’s write on the banners — VICTORY!”

November 1918, The T.p.a. Magazine
– Photo: 1918, celebrating the armistice in Paris – Jules Richard @ collection C. Roitel et Y. Leborgne

                ⚽ ⚽  Sunday, July 14 1918 &n…

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Sunday, July 14 1918 – ALLEZ LA FRANCE!
⚽ ⚽

Photo: July 14 1918, Italy, children waving French flags. Imperial War Museums

“July 14 1918 – Vive La France! The Fren…

“July 14 1918 – Vive La
France! The Frenchman’s Fourth of July. Being impartial I
celebrate both our national holiday & the Frenchman’s in the same place. We
are to be issued 5 “quarts” of Pinard and one champagne otherwhise the day will be the same as all others; a few
glimpses of the sun; a trip perhaps a few Boche shells and considerable firing by the French. The frenchmen are
all greatly
enthused over the prospect of Pinard & Champagne tho neither will
be more than a drop to their spacious stomachs…”

American ambulance driver in Aisne, France The Compensations of War – Photo: WW1, In a billet in France, American and French men sharing a meal with Pinard. Note the American hat hung to the tree on the right. La Contemporaine.

“Today our friend Fouquet brought us a beautif…

“Today our friend Fouquet brought us a beautiful little dog; she
is dainty and her coat very shiny. I am happy because we’ve wanted a dog for a
long time. We named her Torpedo!”

July 1918, French soldier’s diary – Carnets
de campagne (1914-1918)
– Photo: July 14 1918 in Champagne Region, French soldiers and their
doggy in the trench. Nos Militaires – Collection Geisser Ourta


                                                             “The crowd is immense”

‘This is a great day. I
am just
at the corner of the Place de la Concorde and the Rue Royale. We have a
splendid view! The crowd is immense in spite of the fact that Paris is supposed
to be empty
. Everyone is excited and jubilant — It seems that a big victory is
being celebrated. Some day we will all be celebrating the final victory — will it
bring the world peace? I doubt it. It will just be a long period of rest when
strength will be stored for a future combat. This sounds pessimistic, but I believe that it is inherent in man to fight.’

Ashe, Red Cross volunteer –  Intimate Letters From France – Photo: July 14 1918, Bastille Day, Place de la Concorde, Paris – See more photos of this beautiful day here @ Gallica