Category: Paris

“We arrived in Paris last Sunday. lt was my fi…

“We arrived in Paris last Sunday. lt was my
first view of the city, and I had so many different impressions…One thing I did
notice was that the buildings were not over six or seven stories high. The
streets are very wide and they really have side-walks. It was a real ‘Gay Paree’.
We took a cab and looked over the interesting parts of the city; such as the Eiffel
tower, the Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, all around the Champs
Elysées, etc. This place was full of captured German guns, planes and tanks.
The plane which Guynemer used and died in is there. He brought down nineteen
Boche with his machine.

We
went through Notre Dame and the Madeleine too. It was wonderful.”

American
soldier visiting Paris after the armistice – Brodhead’s Tribute to
Her Men of the Service, 1914-1918
– Photo: After the Armistice, American Red
Cross man visiting Paris. Here, he is at Notre Dame, at the top of one of the
towers – Taken by American photographer Lewis Hine

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If you
could have seen me!

November 11 1918 – At 11:30am when the sound of
cannon boomed the joyful news it took us about two minutes to descend from the fifth floor to the square below. The
French seemed stunned at first— they couldn’t in a minute throw off these four
years of horror and grief. But the Red Cross turned out strong! A drum appeared from somewhere,
I produced my flags and in a
moment a mad crowd was singing the Marsellaise. If you could have seen me! The whole of Paris seemed to join in the
parade. You never saw anything like it.

After getting some lunch  I tried to get back to the office but it was impossible. My
flags attracted so much
attention that I was forced into every parade I met!

American Red Cross lady in Paris – Intimate Letters from France –  Image: November 11 1918, American Red Cross lady & soldiers having great fun while celebrating the armistice in Paris. Here, awesome & short YouTube video showing the armistice celebrations on the Front and in Paris. Here, photo of this lady with her American and French flags.

“THE ARMISTICE IS SIGNED. WE WON THE WAR. LONG…

“THE ARMISTICE IS SIGNED. WE WON THE WAR. LONG LIVE FRANCE! LONG LIVE OUR ALLIES! HOSTILITIES CEASED AT
11AM TODAY”

Photo: Breaking News, early morning of November 11th 1918 in Paris.

At 5:00am,
November 11, 1918, nine grim men agreed to sign the papers laid out on a table
in a railroad carriage parked in a forest 37 miles north of Paris. At 5:12, two
French generals, three British naval officers, two German politicians, a German
general and a German naval officer, started signing the Armistice which would
end the World War that had raged for more than four years. At 11:00, all
fighting would cease. By 5:40 AM, the news of the signing had reached the
capital cities where impromptu celebrations broke out.

“November 9 1918 – Apart from the remote…

“November 9 1918 – Apart from the remote possibility
of air-raids, Paris is a joyous city to be in; its
atmosphere is exceedingly optimistic. The theatres are crowded, the cafes busy,
the shops doing a thriving business. Well-dressed ladies are everywhere, and the
proverbial gayety of the great capital seems undiminished. There is, of course,
the undercurrent of suffering, borne with a smiling face but the indomitable
spirit of France will not submit to gloom!”

William
C Edgar
, American journalist in Paris – Photo: 1918, happy American and French
ladies in Paris by U.S.
Signal Corps photographer Wesley Strait – Niles Laughner’s Militaria Blog & First World War on Film

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                                                 “A wonderful
feeling of confidence in the air”

“Sunday October 20 1918 – It is the opening of
the new loan
and Paris is en fete. There are hundreds of Boche cannon in
the Place and on the terraces of the Tuileries dozens of Hun airplanes. The Tuileries
are also full of guns; and flags are being raised everywhere. Athletic exercises and parade took place this
afternoon There is a wonderful
feeling of confidence in the air. The people seem so be happy and free from
care. It is a marvelous change from six weeks ago when it looked as though the
war might drag on for months.

You would have enjoyed today’s enthusiasm and
exhilaration.”

American reporter and volunteer in Paris – Paris Days and London Nights –Photo: Sunday October 20 1918 in Paris – La Contemporaine – See more photos of that day here

“Can you picture Johnny …

“Can you picture Johnny

who never left Gage County, Nebraska before,

trying to order eggs in one of those fancy
cafés on Rue de something-or-other? Would he just crow like a chicken until
they figured out what he wanted? “

The Last of the Doughboys: The
Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War
– Illustration: “This is not a Hula-Hula dance. It is a picture of an American soldier ordering two-three minute soft
boiled eggs by imitating a rooster.”

by awesome American aviator & artist Penrose Vass Stout

Do You Parley Voo?: WWI French Phrasebooks

“Saturday October 5 1918 – Arrive in Par…

“Saturday October 5 1918 – Arrive in
Paris 11am –
Sure
feel at home in Paris.

Lunch leaves
me without money. All my permissions have ended the same — broke in Paris!

Leave
Gare du Nord at 8:20pm for
Dammartin.”

American ambulance driver returning to camp after his permission in Aix-les-Bains – Diaries of Samuel Keplinger – Photo: 1918,
American ambulance driver’s lunch in Paris.

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                                                                   LA PAIX – PEACE

“After
the war we ’re going to go

To
frolic in frivolous Paris; We ’ll make a stream of
champagne flow

From Etoile down to
Saint Denis; Through the Arc de Triomphe we will file,

And visit all the swell cafés ; We ’ll
celebrate it in a style

Not equalled since the Hundred Days:

That’s what we ’re
really fighting for — That party that we’ve got in store,

After the War.”

American ambulance
driver’s verse – En Repos and Elsewhere Over There: Verses Written in France,
1917-1918
– WW1, Paris, en terrasse at the Café de la Paix
(Peace café)

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                                                             ON LES AURA!

“Well, dear people, these are perilous and critical times, but
somehow I feel that “on les aura” will prove to be a justifiable war cry. We’ve
got to get them and anybody who doesn’t go down in the boat trying, ought to be exiled to Germany. If we survive
this year, all is well with the world and I think we shall.”

August 1918, American ambulance driver in France – Three Lying or Four Sitting – Photo: 1918, “ON LES AURA” (we will get them), a store located on rue St Lazare, Paris 9eme – In 1918, as Paris was big Bertha’s favorite target, Parisian
shopkeepers glued strips of tape on their windows to reduce the risk
of breakage in case of explosion. In the process, these shopkeepers found a way to express their creativity.  See great photos of Paris during WW1

A map showing where shells from the Paris Gun …

A map showing where shells from the Paris Gun fell in the French capital. The German super-heavy weapon shelled Paris between March and August 1918, killing 256 Parisians. The shells flew so far and high that the gunners had to take the rotation of the Earth into their calculations. The gun was dismantled and destroyed by the retreating Germans on August 9, 1918.