‘We are all in.
The principal reason we keep going is because Pierre, our cook, came
up to the front with a camp stove, a coffee boiler, and the canned food, and
works day and night, with the aid of the cognac supply, and serves us
something hot every time we roll in. He fell asleep against his stove once,
but was shortly awakened when the wood under him smoldered and caught fire.
“Bluebeard”, the mechanic, put him out with the water bucket. He is quite funny and continually calls out to himself: “En avant toute, Pierre!”’
23–25 october 1917 – American ambulance driver’s diary in the thick of the Battle of La
Malmaison , Aisne region, France – History of the American Field Service in France – Photo: A
French cuistot in his kitchen right near the front. BnF