Category: friends

“Small groups would come back from their Sunday
stroll laughing and singing. All
was peace and serenity.”

June 1919, postwar France – La Revue hebdomadaire, Volume 6 – Photo: June 1919, sur un chemin
de campagne, by André Kertész. Hungarian-born photographer, Kertész settled in France after WW1, and
became one of Europe’s leading photographic artists. – Ministère de la Culture, France


 WW1, France,
British and French soldiers in a village near the front – Numelyo – Bibliothèque numérique de Lyon, France

“Wine comes in at the mouth and love comes in at the

That’s all we shall know
for truth before we grow old and die.

I lift the glass to my
mouth, I look at you, and I sigh.”

Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939) – Photo: WW1, France “wine comes in” – Gallica

7 St. Patrick’s Day Poems1919 St. Patrick’s
Day Parade in New York City

‘We are friends. He prays his god,
I pray mine. He truly appreciates this respect and he even thanked me for being
his friend.’

WW1, French soldier and priest – Impressions
de Guerre de Prêtres Soldats
– Photo : WW1, amis in France.

                                                                    That crazy mask

“We carried that crazy mask around with the same
tenacity that the proverbial little lamb clung to
Mary; the mask clung to us from early morn till
late at night. No matter where we might go, it was our constant companion. When
we arose in the morning, it immediately asserted
its precedence over everything else, and when we returned to our bunks at night,
it could be found clinging to us with friendly devotion.”

American soldier’s memoir – Twelfth U.S. Infantry,
– Photo: WW1 soldiers wearing their “crazy mask”.

‘January 4 1919 – On duty with
the MD. In the morning I took him over to the clothing co-op at Kandel and
while waiting for him, I found a barrack filled with boche military outfits
including good new spiked helmets! The building was well guarded but a poilu
sneaked in and got a couple of souvenirs for me.’

ambulance driver in Kandel, Germany –  Arthyr B Eddy at War – Orleans County History
Photo: WW1 American soldier and a French man with German souvenirs. The State Archives of
North Carolina

                                            “It was a bit less bad because we were friends”

‘We only knew that we were young and
life was just a bit more bright because we were friends.

The world moves on, and each of us has known the day when life
seemed bitter, bad, and grey. And yet it was a bit less bad because we were friends.

Let others sing of rich romance, of love’s undying flame — Alone
I raise my voice to say that I am certain, whatever share of deep, true love the future
sends me; I never shall forget the girl whom I knew as a friend.’

1919,  American Poetry Magazine, Volumes 1-2

Photo: WW1 American soldiers and Red
Cross nurses – @JenniferChronicles. Here, Jennifer’s post
about the rare WW1 photo album she found & bought in a flea market. She
writes “It is beyond coincidence that this
precious album, relegated to a junk table at a dusty flea market, made its way
into my hands. It is valuable and precious and it feels like the people in the
pictures chose me to be its caretaker.”

Jennifer Chronicles  Blog

Christmas that we
all expected to be so unlike
christmas proved to be somewhat like Christmas after all. A timely snowfall on the night of 24 December enabled us to celebrate the white Christmas to
which we are used at home. On Christmas night I was on guard duty
thus missing dinner with the boys. But one old reliable friend came out and
relieved me so that I could get on “the finish”. This Christmas dinner was a
rare success!

One of the best things of all is that the war is over and we know where our
next Christmas is to be spent!’

American soldier’s Christmas day 1918 in France
–  Charles Cameroun  My father’s memoir
of World War 1 – Photo: Life
Magazine December 26th 1918: “Christmas Eve–Where Duty Is

“Your package has arrived! I opened it with exitement… and what a surprise! A kodak! I already used up the first film. This is so much appreciated by your dear soldier!”

WW1 Christmas time, a French soldier’s thank-you note to his fiancée – Gallica,
France – Photo: 1918, France, an American soldier with a French friend holding a Kodak.

‘December 5 1918 – We were in Luxembourg until yesterday when we started along the river Moselle until we finally crossed some little
stream and were in the ancestral home of the squarehead. It was really quite a
thrill and if anyone had told me a month ago that I would be in Germany today I
should have put them down as mad!

We followed along the river to Trier and
from there came over to where we now are, a village called Salmohr, not far
from Wittlich. It is the invasion of Germany but vastly different than I ever
thought it would be. The invasion is more a pleasure trip than anything else.
We arrive and billet just as we did in the French rear area towns

The inhabitants
are friendly and ten minutes after we were in Germany the streets were full of
Germans and Americans swapping cigarettes and having the time of their life!’

In Salmohr, Germany (Google map to see his route) American ambulance driver’s letter home – World War 1, Letters
Home From Paul Hills, American Ambulance Driver – Photo: WW1, American soldier
offering a cigarette to a civilian.