Category: fridaymotivation


                                                         “Too tired to even try to think”

Summer 1918, American soldier in France – The Diary
of a Soldier
 – Photo: WW1, Meuse sector,
American soldier taking a little nap

                               The land seems …

                               The land seems to tell us: “Fight for me and I will feed you!”

“Let me talk to you about nature for a change. It will be a nice
break for the horror of war. We are in the rear and everything is doing marvelously
well, all of us hard at work. No idle land around here… the harvest will be elegant
and abundant. It is beautiful to see all this vegetation growing. The land seems to tell us: “Fight for me and I will feed you!”. Nothing can compare to the
French land. Everything grows. No wonder that the boche wanted it. But they won’t
have it. They can go home.”

WW1 French soldier’s
last letter home – La
dernière lettre écrite par des soldats franc̦ais
– Photo : July 1918, France,
French soldiers harvesting wheat. La Contemporaine.

‘After a cramped fifteen-hour overnight train …

‘After a cramped fifteen-hour overnight train ride they arrived at the Gare d’Austerlitz.
There was no time for breakfast or a wash, but French Red Cross ladies poured them hot coffee with
rum and they marched off to a loud welcome!’

Over There: The United States in the Great
War, 1917-1918
– Photo: WW1, Gare d’Austerlitz, Paris, French Red Cross ladies welcome the American troops with coffee and rum,

bien sûr!  La Contemporaine.



Vive l’Amérique!

“April 6,
1918 – It’s been just one year ago today that the US entered the war and she sure made wonderful strides. In another year her
weight will be the deciding factor and I’m sure the Germans realize it. They
are making a grand stand play now in the hopes that they can accomplish their
end before America is strong enough to
take hold. Germans will fail and will come in at the short end of this war.”

American soldier in Meurthe-et-Moselle France – On the Western Front with the Rainbow Division: A
World War I Diary

Photo: in April 1917 when the United States declared war on
Germany, French school children celebrated this action and reflected  on its impact on the war’s outcome through writing and
drawing. Source: Vive
l’Amérique! French School Children Welcome Their American Ally 
  National WW1 Museum and

“We have become denizens of the underworld. We…

“We have become denizens of the underworld. We live in holes in the ground
– sleep there – eat there. They are not beautiful – They are not healthy – the
air is often putrid. Ventillation is either impossible or forbidden. Yet, in
these things we would rather dwell than in palaces – out here. — Funny how we
cling to these domiciles of ours. There is a certain attraction about them –
even now in this beautiful sunny afternoon I sit at the entrance, with no
desire to go wandering afar. Affection for these places develops rapidly…”

March 1918,
American ambulance driver’s diary –  Photo & Text Twitter feed of the WW1 Ambulance Section: the Awesome “Amherst Black Cats”

“February 23 1918 – Calais being constantly bo…

“February 23 1918 – Calais
being constantly bombarded by the Germans, we have to remove the monumental sculpture
by Rodin « Les Bourgeois de Calais » and move it to the city hall’s
basement: a complex and dangerous task”

Calais, France – Le
Genie Civil – Photos: Calais Avant-Hier– Impressive photos showing the entire process of
removing this massive monument.

‘Yesterday was Thanksgiving and we had a big d…

was Thanksgiving and we had a big dinner! I did all my washing and cleaned my
gear, and wished I were home. Some cheerful guy reminded us of the empty chairs
at home, and of the fact that some of us would never go home again. Be that as
it may, I will!’

1917, American soldier in Bordeaux, France – “Dear folks at home” – Photo: WW1, France, laundry day.  Missouri Over There.


                                                          ‘The men are all in’

‘July 19 1917, in Glennes – the attacks along the
front are furious. Word came in this morning to rush all available cars to the
front. Attack lasted all morning. We can’t go until our engine is put in order.
Mechanics are working as fast as possible with it. Enemy stormed our sector and
took three trenches. Heavy casualties on both sides. This afternoon the French
counter-attacked and took the three lines and the first line of the enemy in addition.
Very severe fighting tonight. Large quantities of reinforcements were brought
up. It’s a French attack, but have not heard results yet. Our ambulances have
been working steadily for thirty-six hours, and the men are all in.’

American ambulance driver’s diary – History of the American Field Service in France – Photo : 1917, France,  American ambulances leaving camp for the front. BnF-Gallica