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“I have never seen a happier lot of old people…

“I have never seen a happier lot of
old people in my life than the French civilians whom we liberated after four
years of captivity. Our P. C. was in what had once been a village inn. The owner
was old and little and lively and pious. She gave us a warm reception when she
heard that I belonged to the Old Church.“I have been doing most of the preaching
to the people around here the last four years – I tell these people that God
sent the German Devils amongst them because of their sins. I preach so much
that they have given me a nickname. They call me “Madame Morale”. And I preach to
the Germans, too. I tell them they will all be in Hell if they do not mend
their ways.”

November 1918, Father Duffy, Army chaplain
serving with the 42nd Division (Rainbow Division) in
Brieulles-sur-Bar & Authe, Meuse Argonne, France. Father
Duffy’s Story: A Tale of Humor and Heroism

Photo: iconic photo taken November 6 1918, in
Brieulles-sur-Bar, showing Mr.
and Mrs. Baloux, who were prisoners for four years thanking two
American soldiers; left to right: Philip Tanger, of the 77th
Division, and Allen Floyd, of the 42nd Division. This famous scene was also
captured on film! See the YouTube video (at the very end of the video)

“Our boys are still advancing…

“Our boys are still advancing having met slight resistance. Apremont is
so far behind the lines now that even the big guns sound far off. Many
prisoners are passing down the road. About 3000 were assembled in the
field near the Chateau. Very young! Some look worn and very exhausted. All seem
to be very thankful and satisfied with their present lot.”

American ambulance driver in the Meuse Argonne sector, France – Grant R. Willard, American Volunteer – Photo: November 1918, smiling German prisoners, some of them very young, in Meuse Argonne sector, France. Ministere de la Culture, France.

Note: November 6
1918: On the Western Front, Germany is now retreating as French
and American troops cross the Meuse and move to take Sedan – That same day,
Arthur B Eddy, another American ambulance driver wrote in his diary “The huns are
retreating all along the lines so we’ll soon clear French territory. Our
General predicts the German capitulation in 8 days”

“They were a motley crew; every type was repre…

“They
were a motley crew; every type was represented—the gunman and the gangster, the
student and the clerk, the laborer and the loafer, the daily plodder, the
lawyer. From the variety of languages spoken one might have imagined himself at
the Tower of Babel. These divers types, accustomed to every condition of life,
knowing for the most part no master, were to bow down before the military God
and emerge from the melting pot of training, an
amalgamated mass of men of whom America might well be proud.”

History
of the Seventy Seventh Division, August 25th, 1917, November 11th, 1918
– Photo
: World War I in Ohio

                                     VOTE &nda…

                                     VOTE – If YOU Don’t WHO WILL–?–

   “You gotta get up, you gotta get up, …

   “You gotta get up, you gotta get up, you
gotta get up this morning!”

WW1 Text Source – Photo: 1918, US Army – Reveille in France.

“The general situation looks better every day …

“The general situation
looks better every day – Something real big is bound to happen soon. We’ve got
‘em, Mother.  Without a doubt we’ve got ‘em!
They are still
scrapping up here like demons and it may take another year to completely round
them up and we will have to pay a price for them but it’s worth it. So just
hang on tight, little mother, while we take this last bump in high speed. We
are going right through to the Rhine anyway, and maybe further but I
don’t think that will be necessary.

With a heart full of love”

October 1918, France, Grant Willard, American ambulance driver’s sweet letter to his mom – Photo:  WW1, Grant
R. Willard & the men of his Ambulance section in France – Text & photo: Grant
R. Willard, American Volunteer

‘Awakened at 1:30am. and marched a couple of k…

‘Awakened at 1:30am. and marched a
couple of kilometers to train. It was 2:30am when we arrived at railroad. At 3,
we boarded the train. Not bad at all. Room to lay out and sleep.

Started at 6:30! Imagine getting up at 1:30am fully dressed and
packed, to catch a 6:30 train! Slept from 6:30 till about 8… . Scenery
beautiful.’

October 1918, American soldier leaving the Meurthe et Moselle sector, France for Hooglede Belgium
Who Won the War – Photo: 1918, France, American soldiers leaning out the
window of a train. The National WW1 Museum and Memorial

                                              …

                                                        “Certain staff cars took a detour…”

‘During the blockade, a few had both time and means to eat the
“meal of their lives,” while most of the men, far less fortunate,
went from early morning to late afternoon without eating. In order to avoid the
congested roads
, certain staff cars took a detour from Dormans to Epernay,
going south by way of Montmort, and incidentally enjoyed the luxury of a visit
to certain out-of-the-way French shops, where the officers “stocked
up” with fruit, sweets, champagne and even a “real, live
pumpkin.” The champagne bottles had to be carefully watched to prevent
mysterious disappearance, and the pumpkin
was transformed into luscious pie. Amongst the sweets were some exquisite
cookies, purchased by the prodigal Americans at a cost of 75 francs for the
five-pound box!’

Fall
1918, France, American soldiers going from the Marne to the Meuse, during the Meuse
Argonne Offensive – The 55th Artillery (C.A.C.) in
the American Expeditionary Forces, France, 191
8 – Photo: 1918, France, American
Cadillac Staff car parked in front of a restaurant. 

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“It is a country of few town…

“It is a country of few
towns and few roads, so all the traffic is concentrated along a few lines. Then
it rained and the roads became a great mass of sticky mud, cut with great ruts
by the thousands of canons and camions coming up and going down. It was terribly
hard on the little Fords, and I don’t see how they ever got through. Sometimes
stuck fast in the mud – until yanked out with a tow rope and a camion, or
perhaps lifted out by as many men as could get around it.”

October 1918, during the Meuse Argonne Offensive, American ambulance driver’s letter home –

World War I in Ohio

– Photo: October 1918, Meuse Argonne, stuck in the mud! US Signal Corps

‘October 9 1918 – The cold weather keeps…

‘October 9 1918 – The cold weather keeps me low but there’s little work so I stick by the
cook and his fire. This old chef was a prisoner in Germany for sixteen. He
makes fine French fried potatoes. Off to Avillers after lunch.’

American
ambulance driver in the Meuse Argonne Sector – Arthur B Eddy’s diary – Orleans
County Department of History
– Photo: WW1, France, sticking by the cook