Category: snow

‘February 23-24 1918 – Still sick but &l…

‘February 23-24 1918 – Still sick
but “up & at ‘em! Afraid officials will stick me in a French hospital.
Not for me! Too dreary & lonesome. On duty for two days at Neuvilly and glad to be away
from camp. A sick fellow has no chance in camp. The fellows string in one by
one with different sarcastic remarks ”Oh, quit chur kiddin’! Your layin’
or ”You need a nurse!

– a good rest poste anyway. No work at all.’

American ambulance driver’s diary in Neuvilly-en- Argonne, Verdun sector
Diaries of Samuel M. Keplinger – Photo: 1918, France, “a good rest post” –

de la Culture (France) – Médiathèque de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine.


strong, elegant, and agile gentlemen”

During WW1, Norway,
our Neutral Ally. sent a team of very skilled Mountain stretcher-bearers to the
snowy Vosges Mountains of France:

“As snow keeps falling 4 teams of Norwegian skiers were sent here to help
for the transport of the wounded. Here there are, 16 young, strong, elegant, and
agile gentlemen, friends of France who even speak French! They jump to the rescue
of our wounded and freezing soldiers, cover them with warm blankets and rush them through heavy snow to the ambulances. We are already best friends with them.”

WW1 – Translated from the French @French officer Alpin and artist – Photo: WW1 Norwegian skier in
training in Gerardmer, Vosges Mountains, France. See the entire set of these awesome photos hereBibliothèque de documentation
internationale contemporaine

‘The ground is white with snow. Early in the m…

‘The ground is white with snow. Early in the morning, cold and hungry, I walk down to the American

Breakfast is served! A bowl
of coffee that is real coffee. 2 sizzling shirred eggs, 1 little dish of
home-made jam, bread and fresh butter. And it is served with a smile.

that’s our home!’

1918, Issoudun, France, American Aviation Camp The Literary Digest Volume 57 – Photo: 1918, Issoudun Aviation Camp – American Red Cross ladies serving breakfast with a smile!

“Snow, snow, snow, everywher…

“Snow, snow,
snow, everywhere … we had no extra stockings, no
nothing. Well, it snowed so damn hard we couldn’t, we didn’t
know where to sleep. And there was a farmer up there, he let us sleep in the
barn. So we all — can you picture two hundred and fifty guys sleeping in a
barn? Like sardines! And by God, you know, nobody caught a cold”

Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War
– Photo: February 1918, ‘snow snow snow everywhere’, American soldiers in the
Gondrecourt sector, France.

“Jan. 30, 1918 – We’ve been going …

“Jan. 30, 1918 – We’ve been going on long rides the last few days, start early in the
morning and come back late at night. I’m stiff, sore, and tired and smell like a horse”

On the Western Front with the Rainbow
Division: A World War I Diary
– Photo : 1918, Meuse, France American soldiers
riding through town – Images de 14-18

‘January 25 1918 – Chasseurs the Blue de…

‘January 25 1918 – Chasseurs
the Blue devils and France’s best troops. They are the neatest. Eternally spick
and span. Their salutes are always snappy. Their officers are the keenest, best
dressed ect.

warm with lots of sunshine’

American ambulance driver’s diary in Argonne, Verdun SectorDiaries of Samuel M Keplinger – Photo: WW1 daper French chasseurs smiling for the camera. BnF-Gallica


                                                          1918 – Meanwhile in Davos…

“The Swiss ski resort of Davos
is today best known for the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum. But in the aftermath of WW1, in
1928,  it was the significantly ‘neutral’
site for an  intellectual rapprochement
between France and Germany. This first Davos
featured modern figures such as
the German physicist Albert Einstein, the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget and the French sociologists Lucien Levy-Bruhl
and Marcel Mauss.”

Emmanuel Levinas – Photo: Emil Cardinaux

‘January 23 1918 – Inspection of cars, q…

‘January 23 1918 – Inspection of cars, quarters and grounds.’

In the Meuse, France, American ambulance driver’s log –

of S. S. U. 585
– Photo: January 1918, Eastern France, Inspection day. US Army Signal Corps


                                                            “Your papers s’il-vous-plait”

‘January 19 1918 – After today men must have
permis de circulation to circulate in streets of Baccarat before 5

American ambulance driver’s log in Lorraine, France

of S. S. U. 585

– Photo WW1, American ambulance stopped by a determined French guard who will probably want to check the driver‘s “Permis de circulation” – From the fantastic  photograph album of WW1 American ambulance driver Henry Suckley. Hudson River Valley Heritage 


                                                             She slipped and slid…

‘By mid-January, Ralph had been on continuous hurry
calls through ice and snow. One in particular was enormous fun. He heard
about the sport of skiing and
Ralph got his first opportunity to do so and he didn’t even strap on a pair of
skis. On a solo trip, he hit a patch of ice down a hill and his car decided to take off like a ski jumper. Feeling spritely, she
added a 360-degree turn to her routine. Like a ballerina in a pirouette, she
spun elegantly. Ralph hung on for dear life. He had no control whatsoever. He
was afraid she’d flip and dump his cheering wounded poilu all over the snowy

The brake was useless.
On the final degrees of her downhill turn, he rocked the steering wheel
violently. The front wheels found purchase on dry ground, almost flipping his
girl in the process. Within forty feet or so, he got her going straight. She slipped and slid, then chattered to a
stutter-stop at the bottom on a gravel siding.’

January 1918, American ambulance driver in the Marne regionPrivate
Heller and the Bantam Boys: An American Medic in World War I
– Photo: 1918, France, In the ditch! Imperial War Museums