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                                                              The Fabry brothers

“Mom and Dad – We,
the Fabry brothers are well regarded for our bravery and if we come back to
you, you will be very proud. If we don’t, then you’ll know that we have done our
duty. And this should be of great comfort to you.”

WW1, at the
front, 3 Belgium brothers and soldiers’letters to their parents – Text and photo: La famille Fabry : Trois
frères à la guerre
– (The 3 brothers did come back home after the Armistice)

Tuesday, April 2 1918 – We are now build…

Tuesday, April 2 1918 – We are now building a piste in Bois Sacré giving us another alternative route avoiding the main road… A
lovely gold and rose sunset; not a gun or star shell marred the peaceful quiet;
birds twittered as they wheeled and darted; katydids chirped in the

American ambulance driver in Marne, FranceDiary of Jerome Preston – Photo: 1918, France, American and French soldiers working at dusk.

“April 3 1918 – Saw an observer jump fro…

“April 3 1918 – Saw an observer jump
from a “saucisse”
to escape a Boche aviator. The parachute opened nicely and he landed safely. On days when there are low hanging clouds the “saucisses” have a rough time as the enemy planes can sneak up easily.”

American ambulance driver in the Baccarat sector The Compensation of War – Photo: “Touchdown” – WW1 France – Archives Departementales de la Somme



WW1 France, French soldier resting in his dugout. La Contemporaine

‘We have been pretty busy lately because we ha…

‘We have been pretty busy lately because we had to move all our hospital material and also
our kitchen from one place to another at very short notice. Nobody thought we could be so quick because we had a lot of
stuff lying around but I tell you that we knew we could and hustled. When I get
home I am going to hire myself out as a professional furniture mover and I am
sure that I can qualify… I also now feel perfectly capable of installing a
stove. We set one up last week, put it completely together, ran the piping up,
and it went perfectly and did not smoke at all. We got covered with soot
of course, but I am now so accustomed to all kinds of dirt
that I really don’t mind.’

March 1918 Nora Saltonstall 
American Red Cross volunteer in France “Out
Here at the Front”
– Photo:
1918, France, American Red Cross ladies working in
their tiny pop-up kitchen. Library of

‘Starting on Wednesday, March 27th, we helped …

‘Starting on Wednesday, March
27th, we helped the American Red Cross to care for the refugees arriving from the
invaded districts, at the Gare du Nord in Paris. Our trucks
and ambulances remained on service twenty
four hours a day, and the refugees were transferred to other train stations
in the day-time or to shelters at night. Our cars were driven by ambulance drivers on leave in Paris at the time.

It was the
second or third time these refugees had been forced to leave their homes and their cases were extremely sad; one old man who had been driven out for the third time had lost his mind
and was weeping like a child.

They came in hordes and at times the place was very crowded. However, every refugee was given
at the Canteen, before being transferred. The Canteen also gave
out clothing and shoes.

We feel that we have never done a more
worthy work.’

March 27 1918 American Field Service bulletin # 39 – Photo: Spring 1918, Paris, Gare du
Nord, American  Red Cross ladies & ambulance
drivers welcoming an elderly refugee and young children. Library of Congress – Here, awesome photos showing
the American Red Cross workers & ambulance drivers taking care of the
refugees arriving in Paris during spring 1918.

“March 1918 –  What a difference it make…

“March 1918 –  What a difference it makes when you carry
American wounded; it brings the war
home with a bang. These are the men you knew at home, the clerk in the little
store, the bank teller, the grocery boy,
these are the men who cry in your own tongue and their cries seem to strike your ear in
a different manner or at least the sound is relayed clear to your heart.”

In Meurthe-et-Moselle,  American
ambulance driver’s diary – The Compensation of War –– Photo: Spring 1918, Meurthe et Moselle – American First Aid unit tending to an American wounded. National Archives Catalog


                                              Yankee-style coffee in France!

“For the Yankee boy anything was as good as white
bread, good ham, and good coffee. French coffee may be good for the French — but
to the American doughboy give a cup of Yankee coffee, cooked, if you please, in
Yankee style Then he can live and work and fight!”

With the Doughboy in France – Photo: 1918, a bowl of hot coffee at the American Red Cross canteen in Chateauroux, France – Library of Congress

“Today is clear and sunny and the sky is hummi…

“Today is clear and sunny and the sky is humming with big
planes from the aerodromes up on Malzéville plateau
. Things are happening or getting ready to happen in this sector.
They say the whole of France is concentrated at this moment on Nancy and a
spring drive. Whether it will be us or the Boches who do the driving remains to
be seen, but we seem to be the center of the maelstrom.”

Early 1918, in Nancy, Lorraine, American lady, ambulance and
truck driver for the American Red Cross – From the blog “An
American Woman’s WWI Journal: At the Back of the Western Front”
– Photo: Nancy,
France, early 1918, this same lady with an American ambulance driver in the Red Cross
garage @ La Contemporaine – More on the 1918 spring offensive “getting ready” @ this ECPAD great slideshow

Mess call! “Soup-y, soup-y, soup, without a si…

Mess call! “Soup-y,
soup-y, soup, without a single bean; Pork-y, pork-y, pork, without a streak of
lean; Cof-fee, cof-fee, cof-fee, the weakest ever seen!”

Our times,
Mess Call Wiki – Photo: March 1918,  American troops in France, mess call – Archives du Ministère de la Culture