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“Sneaked over to camp today — several mi…

over to camp today — several miles distant — and had a good breakfast.
The officers failed to notice me.

Men here
have to be “en alert toujours”. Pack
up every morning ect. Something expected — most think an attack”

American ambulance driver in
Rambluzin, MeuseDiaries of Samuel Keplinger – Photo: 1918, American chow
line in Eastern France. La Contemporaine

“Wow, it is hot — both weather and shells comi…

“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 da…

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…

“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
flower garden”

“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.                          

                              June 26 1918, Pa…

                              June 26 1918, Paris, a Franco-American Red Carpet Event.

‘June 26 1918 – The official American
Expeditionary Force
“America’s Answer to the Hun”
was presented for the first time at the Gaumont
Palace in Paris. The house was crowded with French and Americans, including celebrities such as Marshal Joffre, Ambassador Sharp, the
British Minister, and many French Senators and Ministers. One
section of the theater was reserved for the wounded marines who were
brought to the theater in huge trucks, and the
ovation they received was tremendous. During that period, all France, and
especially Paris, had come to realize that the Hun had been stopped, and
that the Americans had played an important part in the fight.

picture depicted the enormous effort that America had put forth, both in
an industrial and a military way and was given a mighty reception.

Copies of the film were promptly
sent to all the allied and neutral countries for
showing there. The big commercial producers,
Gaumont and Pathe, sent it to all their theaters in France, and it was used
most successfully among the troops, in factories,
universities, schools, etc.’

AEF in Print: An Anthology of American Journalism in World War I
– Photo: June
26 1918 Arrival of the guests at the Gaumont Palace in Paris. La Contemporaine,
 See more photos of the “Red Carpet” event
. And the awesome YouTube video of the film “America’s Answer to the Hun”


                                                1918, a Yank on his Harley in Germany

“In the Army Now: When the United States entered WWI, the military bought one out of every two Harley-Davidsons sold. By 1918,
20,000 of the bikes were in Europe. Solo and sidecar machines were used by
dispatch riders, and combat rigs were equipped with machine gun mounts. The first Allied soldier to enter Germany after the
Armistice was signed was dispatch rider Corporal Roy Holtz, who rode across the border on a Harley-Davidson.”

Text Source. Photo: November 12 1918, Newspapers back in the US wrongly
printed this beautiful picture as the first
US soldier to enter Germany after Armistice, but in truth, Hotlz, captured the day before, was
leaving Germany to get back to his unit. More awesome WW1 photos @ Riding



night was a perfect inferno”

officers coming in wounded, terribly, terribly, wounded, rarely complain. They
have endured their hardships and suffering gloriously. My heart has bled by the
things I have seen.”

June 1918, Belleau Wood, American Surgeon J.T. Boone’s letter to his wife. He received the Medal of Honor for his incessant work and heroism in WW1, especially during the Belleau Wood battle.  In one instance,
on June 25 1918, Dr. Boone
followed the attack of one battalion against enemy positions in Belleau Wood, establishing advanced dressing
stations under continuous shelling. More about Dr. Boone @ the Library of Congress –  Illustration: June 1918, US Marine regimental aid station in Belleau Wood, France –


                                         “I co…

                                         “I could not entirely agree
with Clemenceau’s view”

“Chaumont, Sunday, June 23, 1918 – M. Clemenceau came to Chaumont today for a conference on increase of
American manpower. I took Clemenceau to see some of our troops. As we motored along through the rolling country of the Vosges Mountains, Clemenceau
and I discussed the situation of the different Allied countries and their
relative standing after the war. He went to some length in his conjectures. He said, “Great Britain is finished,
and in my opinion she has
seen the zenith of her glory” I said “what makes you think so Mr. Prime
minister?” He replied, “First of all, the immense drain of the war will make it impossible for her to retain commercial
supremacy. Second, the experience of her Colonial troops in this war will make
their people more independent and she will lose her control over them.” I could
not entirely agree with Clemenceau’s view and said, “Mr. Prime Minister, I
think you are mistaken about the British and believe we shall see them fully
recover from the effects of the war.” Continuing, I said, “What about France’s
future?”  “Ah! she will once more be the leading power in Europe,” he replied. “But you do not mention
Germany,” said I. He replied, “The Germans are a great people, but Germany will
not regain her prestige and her influence for generations.”

He spoke of the other countries only
casually and made no predictions about them.”

General Pershing’s diary in Chaumont France – My Experiences In The World War – Photo: June 23 1918, Clemenceau and Pershing in Chaumont. See more photos @ Conference de Chaumont  &  100ans en Haute-Marne