“They carry guns on their ambulances”
“The Germans are very contemptible in their methods of
fighting in the open, and they stoop to do every crooked trick their clever
brains conceive. They carry machine guns on Red Cross stretchers out into No
Man’s Land and go down into a shell
hole and fire on us, they carry guns on their ambulances and bring them up that
way to the front. We never fire on anything marked with a red cross.
They bomb our evacuation hospitals even though every hospital has a big
red cross painted on its roof. After the war, the Germans will have a pretty
low place in the esteem of anyone who has been over here. There
is no name too low to be applied to the Kaiser and the officers of an
army who permit and encourage their men to do the things the Huns do.
are beginning to pay for it now and they will have to pay a
Late August 1918, France – American volunteer infantryman, cartoonist and embedded
journalist, serving with the Rainbow Division –
Over There –
Photo: WW1 Illustration
really good fun to drive down trenches”
“July 27 1918 – We
are using the little whippet tanks with a crew of a driver and a gunner, the
sort that have been fighting so well in the present Allied offensive. It is
really good fun to drive down trenches and up the rear side, over stone walls,
through woods and shell holes!. A poor driver will give his man in the
turret some mighty hard bumps if he doesn’t know how to ease up the machine
when it reaches the balancing point on the lip of a trench or other obstacle.”
ambulance driver who just joined the Tank Corps – Phillips Academy, Andover in the Great War –
Photo: summer 1918, France, a soldier in a light tank
– Missouri Over There
“Friday july 26 1918 – Hiked to Chateau-Thierry this morning. Reached there at noon. Passed through Vaux and there’s not a wall standing. I
saw my first dead German soldier there. He was about five days dead then.
Chateau-Thierry was pretty badly shot up, but altogether got out of it
pretty lucky. Saw “beaucoup” Bosche material here; guns, ammunition,
etc. Hiked to Belleau Woods this afternoon and are now camping on a spot that the Marines fought so hard
On the Western
Front with the Rainbow Division: A World War I Diary – Summer 1918, The Rainbow
division marching through France – Missouri Over There
“When the Americans fire a shot everybody sticks his
head over the gun pit to see if it hits the mark—if it does, we cheer, and if
it doesn’t, we swear— while the French all duck their heads when firing. Every
American soldier over here comes from “Missouri,” and they all have
to see everything that goes on, even though they could get “picked”
off by some “sniper” when they stick their heads up.”
1918, France, American soldier’s letter home –
Wisconsin Magazine Of History
– Photo: 1918, France, American snipers “sticking their heads up”. Library of Congress
over to camp today — several miles distant — and had a good breakfast.
The officers failed to notice me.
have to be “en alert toujours”. Pack
up every morning ect. Something expected — most think an attack”
American ambulance driver in
Rambluzin, Meuse – Diaries of Samuel Keplinger – Photo: 1918, American chow
line in Eastern France. La Contemporaine
“Wow, it is hot — both weather and shells coming over, the Hun must have their
dates mixed and are trying to celebrate the 4th of July but we will set them
right at midnight tonight when we start our third drive.
The Marines are doing all
the good work here but are paying dearly for it, and they not having any ambulances
we are called on to do the work. Some large ambulances which came here to help
out are too big to do the work but the little old Fords sneak up
close to the lines, always on the go and for good work! General Pershing commanded
us for our excellent work.”
July 1918, American ambulance driver “somewhere in France”, probably in the Chateau
Thierry sector. Pennsylvanian Voices of the Great War – Photo: July 6th
1918, Chateau-thierry sector – American ambulance drivers carrying a wounded soldier
from a first aid post to their ambulance, to transport him to the nearest
hospital. The National WW1 Museum & Memorial
July 4th 1918, Paris – It was a grand day, full
of heart-warming feelings. Up near the grand stand the crowd was condensed into
one huge nosegay of black bobbing heads. On the
grandstand famous personages made their appearance, ambassadors and ministers,
the great of earth. They were greeted with cheers, but not with a real ovation.
They were not the stars in this cast! Who cares for diplomats, phrase-makers,
phrase-breakers, swivel-chair-nobles when the real heroes, the French and the American poilus, the saviors of Paris, pass by? Certainly
not the Parisians.
And so they then turned their
gaze, thousands on thousands of brown Gallic eyes upon the exact point
down the street, where the American soldiers would
arrive. And suddenly a shout – not exactly a shout; rather, a big happy
hurrah—burst simultaneously from thousands of grateful happy hearts.
Here they come! Les Américains! Here they come! Strong emotion swept
the crowd like a breeze: Vive I’Amérique! Vive les Américains! And all
that excited sea of souls laughed and cried and shouted and sobbed and rocked
in glad exultation over these fine, big, clean garçons who had fought so
splendidly, so desperately, so victoriously beside their own brave poilus.
The Saturday Evening Post, Vol 191 – Photos: Independence Day 1918
in Paris. La Contemporaine. More photos of this beautiful day @ Gallica
July 4th 1918, Walking Strong
“The Fourth of July found me in Chaumont. The French people there never missed an opportunity to
show their pleasure at having us in their midst.“ General Pershing.
And a nice note from Clemenceau:
“General Pershing; The American troops who took part in the
Fourth of July ceremony on the Avenue President
Wilson made a deep impression all over Paris. On this holiday celebrated with
such sincerity by all our Allies, the splendid appearance of your soldiers
sparked not only our enthusiasm but our absolute confidence as well. Please, transmit
to your troops, with my compliments, the expression of my true admiration. “Clemenceau.””
My Experiences In The World War –Photo: July 4th 1918, General Pershing and French officials in Chaumont. More photos of these beautiful day @ 100 ans en Haute Marne.
“Wednesday July 3 1918 –
Bugle practice – Nous avons bière aujourd’hui! (we have beer today) and
concert at YMCA tent.”
American ambulance driver’s diary in Marne France – Franklin &
Marshall College – Photo: 1918, France, American ambulance driver carrying a
barrel of beer. Weber State University.
“It is God’s
“Tuesday, July 2 1918 – The Chalons plains set all of us old
Border veterans going again. The first comment was “Just like Texas.”
A broad expanse of flat brookless country with patches of scrimpy trees that
surely must be mesquite. But I delight in it. There is a blue sky over it all,
and the long reaches for the eye to travel are as fascinating and as restful as
the ocean. In Texas the attraction is in the skies. Half of it is beautiful.
The half you see by gazing at the horizon and letting the eye travel up and
back till it meets the horizon again. But here the flat earth has beauties of
its own. It is God’s flower garden. The whole ground is covered with wild
flowers—marguerites and bluets by millions and big clumps of violets as
gorgeous as a sanctuary of Monsignori, and poppies, poppies everywhere.”
Near Chalons, France, Father duffy, the beloved chaplain of the Rainbow Division – Father
Duffy’s Story: A Tale of Humor and Heroism, of Life and Death – Photo: WW1,
France, somewhere near Chalons, “marguerites and bluets by millions” Europeana.