Category: ford cars

“Wow, it is hot — both weather and shells comi…

“Wow, it is hot — both weather and shells coming over, the Hun must have their
dates mixed and are trying to celebrate the 4th of July but we will set them
right at midnight tonight when we start our third drive.

The Marines are doing all
the good work here but are paying dearly for it, and they not having any ambulances
we are called on to do the work. Some large ambulances which came here to help
out are too big to do the work but the little old Fords sneak up
close to the lines, always on the go and for good work! General Pershing commanded
us for our excellent work.”

July 1918, American ambulance driver “somewhere in France”, probably in the Chateau
Thierry sector
. Pennsylvanian Voices of the Great War – Photo: July 6th
1918, Chateau-thierry sector – American ambulance drivers carrying a wounded soldier
from a first aid post to their ambulance, to transport him to the nearest
hospital. The National WW1 Museum & Memorial

‘June 1918, Alsace – I am condemned to f…

‘June 1918, Alsace – I am
condemned to four days at a tiny post on a remote mountaintop. Even in the
middle of the day it’s cold. The post looks like a lumber camp clinging
precariously to the steep slopes.  As for
the road to reach the post, it makes you revise your definition of a hill. It’s
steep and winding, 12 km long, taking more than one hour for the car to climb
it in low gear. I hope I won’t have any trips at night because my car has no
lights and the hill is something to think about even in daylight. This hill has
already played havoc with the breaks of all the
cars. The lieut suggested that we drag big logs behind us to slow us up…

It
looks as if every Ford in the lot might be in the scrap heap before long…’

Of Battles Long Ago: Memoirs of an
American Ambulance Driver in World War I
– Photo: Alsace  mountains, an American ambulance driving
up the actual road described in this entry.

‘June 12 1918 –  Worked on car all day. …

‘June 12 1918 –  Worked on car all day. Pretty tired after work. Fine
weather continues. Wonderful sunsets. Stays light until 10 P.M.’

In Rambluzin, Meuse, American ambulance driver’s diary – Diaries of Samuel Keplinger – Photo: France, WW1 American ambulance driver working on his ambulance in the sunset.

“Friday May 17 1918  &nda…


“Friday May 17 1918 

– There’s a place to swim here.
Also ample opportunity for washing!”

American ambulance driver’s diary en repos in Epense, Marne, France – photo: May 17 1918, Epense, sweet pic of ambulance drivers going for a swim in a US White truck. Note the Ford ambulance parked in the courtyard. Text & Photo:
Diaries of Samuel Keplinger

“May 2 1918 – Called fo…

“May 2 1918 –

Called for racing thru town. 8 kilometers speed limit. Was going only 30!”

American ambulance driver’s diary in Argonne, Verdun sectorDiaries of Samuel Keplinger – Photo: Spring 1918, France, American ambulance rolling vite through town.

‘April 29-30 1918 – Duty at Oulche. No w…

‘April 29-30
1918 – Duty at Oulche. No work. Return to Oeuilly – Washed car at river. Shaved and bathed. Repaired bunk. Sent letters
home.’

American ambulance driver in Picardie, France –  Special
Collections Department, Stewart Library, Weber State University – Photo: WW1, France, American ambulance driver washing his “boat”. American Field Service Archives

“March 31 1918 . Cars are stationed at new pos…

“March 31 1918 . Cars are
stationed at new postes–-two cars at Herbéviller, three at Benaménil and two
at Domjévin.”

In Meuse, France, American
ambulance driver’s log – Record of S. S. U. 585
– Photo: WW1, France, American ambulances and 2 drivers, parked and ready to
roll.

                                              …

                                                                     
Burned out.

March 30 1918 – Can’t get any gas.
Found Ford broken down. Promised gas if I fix it. Get 5 liters for the
job. Oil low. Haven’t any map. We can’t go any further. Gas gone. Oil too low
to take chance. English camion comes by and get 2 gals gas and 2 qts oil. Get
to Estrées-Saint-Denis.
American section working at hospital and fix
me up. At Moyenneville  find section all ready to go to Epehy. Burned out. Camionette has
no low gear. Tow it to Neufy. Asked to help repair cars. Put bearing in 2
cars, new bands in 3 and oil gauges on 16.

Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.’

American ambulance driver in
the Somme, in the thick of the 1918 Spring offensive – Photo: American ambulance drivers working on their
ambulances. Text and photo: Special Collections
Department, Stewart Library, Weber State University.

                                              …

                                                                       Camouflaged

“Their chief targets
seemed to be hospitals — even individual ambulances, hidden under
trees or carefully camouflaged, were attacked with devilish ingenuity by
aviators”

Talking about WW1 German aviators – The Aeroplane, Volume # 57 – Photo: 1918, Northeast France, American
ambulance hidden under trees  – Special
Collections Department, Stewart Library, Weber State University

“Un blessé à Montauville — urgent!&ldquo…

“Un blessé à
Montauville — urgent!“
Calls the téléphoniste

There’s snow on the wind, there’s rain on the wind,
The cold’s like a rat at your bones;
You crank your car till your soul caves in,
But the engine only moans.”

WW1 American ambulance driver’s poetry – History of the
American Field Service in France
– Photo: WW1, Eastern France, American ambulance drivers trying to start their car in a snow storm.