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“Suddenly, everything
stopped and folks around the country started dancing in the Streets.”

“The joy was real – This
Armistice spirit was more than just
fortitude: it was a fundamental optimism that enabled people to rebuild, and to
live and love again. The war had made life and love even more precious than
they were before.”

November 1918, France – Soldiers, Volume 45, Issue 11 Department
of the Army and “Peace at Last: A Portrait of Armistice Day, 11
November 1918″

– Image: November 1918, Meuse sector, France, dancing in the street.

                                                             Good Morning!

WW1 Awesome American soldiers’ morning routine at camp.

“Our food is very simple, mostly rye bread, coffee and meat, but we have plenty and are very
well satisfied!”

“Embedded journalist” and
volunteer infantryman with the Rainbow division during World War I – Somewhere Over There: The Letters, Diary, and Artwork of a
World War I Corporal –
– Photo: WW1, Meuse, France, American soldiers enjoying their meal. La Contemporaine.

     “There’s only one thing
that a soldier man wants: Let me get out of here —
on permission!”

WW1 American
ambulance’ verses – En Repos and Elsewhere Over There:Verses Written in
France, 1917-1918
– 1918, Happy American soldiers – From the splendid
archives of The National WW1 Museum and Memorial

“Friday May 17 1918 

– There’s a place to swim here.
Also ample opportunity for washing!”

American ambulance driver’s diary en repos in Epense, Marne, France – photo: May 17 1918, Epense, sweet pic of ambulance drivers going for a swim in a US White truck. Note the Ford ambulance parked in the courtyard. Text & Photo:
Diaries of Samuel Keplinger

“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

“May 11-12 1918 – Very little work—a call or two a day.
The twelfth is Mother’s Day and everyone writes letter to mother.”

And… “when
not working, we had little else to do
but play cards, fight, eat, sleep, and generally enjoy ourselves!”

In Picquigny, near Amiens, France, American ambulance driver’s log Record of S. S. U. 585 & History of the American Field
Service in France
: Photo: WW1, Northeast France, American soldiers
enjoying themselves! La Contemporaine

                                                      “I only wish we could do more!”

11 1918 – “Just like this!’ said the lady, wiping the flour from her
hands, ‘”someone needs to care for the boys as their mom at home would do, so we
took on the job. I only wish we could do more! We know that the boys need more
than sermons and songs here. They miss the care and the kindness of home and we
want to give that to them. We sell
everything at cost, and we would give it away only if we did that we couldn’t
keep up the work, because we could not buy the supplies. You see, we have to
buy everything we use.”

And then she excused herself
because a pie was burning – Every soldier I talked to swore that he
would never forget the Salvation Army.’

American Salvation Army lady in France – Literary
Digest, Volume 57
– photo 1918, France, American Salvation Army lady makes donuts and
pies for the boys.  National Geographic Magazine 

Friday, April 12 –  Men
take gas test, each driver trying out his Tissot in addition to the ordinary
mask. Band concert in P.M. and ball game after supper.

In Baccarat sector, American ambulance driver’s log – Record of S. S. U. 585 – Photo: Spring 1918, American troops wearing Tissot respirators – Archives du Ministère de la Culture, France.

                                 “Friday the 13th" proved to be everything but unlucky!

in the morning of Friday the 13th, the regiment enjoyed the luxury of a
refreshing breakfast at their new stopping-place. “Friday
the 13th” proved to be everything but unlucky; and the 55th long remembered Courtisols for its general neatness, its  Y. M. C. A. hut, and the big armful of white champagne grapes that could
be purchased for a franc. The regiment had even the pleasure of hearing town-crier
proclaim a great American victory at St. Mihiel—the complete disappearance of
the salient and the capture of two entire German divisions!’

September 1918, Marne, FranceThe 55th Artillery in the American
Expeditionary Forces, France, 1918 

– Photo: Early spring 1918, France, American & a few French soldiers standing front of a YMCA hut. In 1918, there were 2 instances of “Friday the 13th”:

September 13, 1918 & December 13, 1918