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The Wheeling Intelligencer. December 2 1916

Wounded Serbian and Bulgarian enemies on their way to a second dressing station, after having had their injuries attended at a first field station. Their mutual misfortune seems to have caused them to overlook the hatreds of war.

1 vol. in-folio reliure demi-basane verte, La France Illustrée. Journal Littéraire, Scientifique et Religieux, 1916-1917

“And we would not worry about anything when
smoking a nice little cigarette, which was delicious, and maybe the last one…”

French soldier’s memoir – Un Croisé: Samuel Bourquin (1887-1918) : sa vie :
extraits de ses lettres
– Photo : May 18 1918 A nice little cigarette in Royaucourt, Somme, France
La Contemporaine France

“April 9 1918. Cut Murphy and Gyps hair. Cut
Woods hair. Bombed”

In Vic-sur-Aisne, Somme sector, American ambulance driver’s diary – Photo: American ambulance driver & author of this entry, cutting hair to one of his colleagues. Special Collections Department, Stewart Library, Weber State 

‘Soldiers march by these postes on their way to and from the
trenches. Whenever they were allowed to break ranks near our cars, they would
crowd around us with little bottles in their hands asking for gasoline to put
in briquets which they make out of German bullets. Most of these men belonged
to battalions of Chasseurs alpins, and I do not believe there are any finer
soldiers in the world than those stocky, merry-eyed men from the mountains of
France, with their picturesque berets and their dark-blue coats set off by
their horizon-blue trousers’

WW1, Alsace, American ambulance driver’s notes –
History of the American Field Service in France – Photo: WW1 Blue Devils (in their blue uniforms, which later, for obvious reasons, were changed to white)
training in the mountains of Alsace – Gallica Bnf France

‘Voiture 10 made a terrible trip last night. The Germans probably got a
whiff of the French cigarettes the drivers were smoking, so the road was subjected to an extremely
violent bombardment. Even though the night was pitch dark, the drivers saw a
huge wave of the new invisible, odorless gas, but being unacquainted with its
properties they took several deep inhales to find out whether it really was this
new gas. Seeing a great light ahead,
they stopped a passing poilu to inquire whether it was the moon or a
star shell. “Je ne sais pas“ replied the stranger in perfect French,
I’m a stranger around here myself.“ Later we learned that the star
were out this eventful night. I beg to state that upon the return of No.
10, we found thirty-seven éclat holes in the drivers but the car had
miraculously escaped untouched.’

September 1917 in the Aisne Region,
France, American ambulance driver’s article for the weekly AFS bulletin – Text and
illustration: History of the American Field Service in France

‘The summer poilu is a much nicer looking
man than the winter, — clean-shaved, save a short mustache, and has a much more
spick-and-span appearance. Your loving Victor.’

WW1, France – Victor Chapman’s letters from FranceAmerican volunteer who joined the
French legion and later became a famous pilot, one of the founding members of the
Lafayette Escadrille. He was the first
American pilot to die in the war.