Category: ww1 american soldiers

“October 18-20 1918 – Still bad weather …

“October 18-20 1918 – Still bad weather so I hugged the
stove they put at the post. Evacutation to ligineres today.  Austria threatens to surrender and Germany
wants to parlez longer. The Belgians, French and English have taken Zeebrugge and have reached the Holland border.”

American ambulance driver in the Argonne sector – Google map of his route – Arthur B Eddy’s diary – Orleans County Department of History
Photo: October 1918, a thawing out party in the Argonne forest, France – The National
WW1 Museum and Memorial

“After this terrific second Battle of Belleau …

“After this terrific second Battle of
Belleau Woods, an officer brought me tiny kittens curled up
in a German helmet.”

1918, American nurse at the front – The Trained Nurse Vol. 94-95 – Photo: WW1 kittens in a
German Helmet. Note: This German helmet is a Pickelhaube, a model that was replaced in 1916 by
the Stahlhelm


                                                                  Extremely happy!

war is going our way in every direction – the hopes of being at home soon makes
me extremely happy!”

1918, American soldiers in France – They Called
Them Soldier Boy
s – Photo: 1918, American soldiers having a little fun – University of
Massachusetts Amherst


                                                                     C’est fini! Almost…

14 1918 – Today we heard the great news of the beginning of the end of war. For
the past week rumors have been spread around concerning peace. Yesterday
morning, on one of my trips I passed a lieut who hollered to me “C’est la fin
de la guerre! The Boche haven’t fired a shot since midnight!
” I took his words
for it and continued toward the front. Just after I passed Cheppy, one of Jerry’s
whistlers passed over my machine and lit the mud on the side… Well, anyway, it
spoiled my happy dream of an
armistice. But after reading today’s paper, I cannot help feeling that the war
has reached its last lap.’

ambulance driver’s diary, in the Meuse Argonne sector – Diary of Allison LePontois  Crile
Archive Center
– Photo: 1918, American soldier in France reading good news –   The National WW1 Museum and Memorial

The news for October 13-14
1918 – The Germans accept the Armistice
terms proposed by President Wilson. They also engage in a general retreat
along the Western Front in France stretching from the Northern sector to the Argonne Forest, and abandon positions along the Belgian
t, as the French, American, British
and Belgian armies steadily advance.

‘I made it a rule to get on his lap when I see…

‘I made it a rule to get on his lap when I see him reading a
paper and to crawl upon his back when he is taking a
siesta. I cannot help it, there being no one else who cares for me.’

I Am a Cat, Volume 1 – Photo: October 1918 – “Pvt. H.W.
Wheeler, 60th Coast Artillery, 1st Army Corps, relaxes in style at Neuville, France”
Enhanced by Erik Villard, US Army Historian. See his awesome Twitter feed


                                                “Those God sent smokes!”

A soldier on a stretcher
be too feeble to move a hand, but put a cigarette to his lips and
light it and he’ll get some comfort – the very
first thing the wounded man wants to quiet his nerves is a smoke. The American Red Cross came to our rescue in
passing those God sent smokes!’

Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age
to Defeat the German Army in World War I
– Photo: October 12 1918, in Fleville,
Meuse-Agonne sector France,
Lieut. Stiles of the American Red Cross
giving a wounded soldier a “second aid” cigarette. Library of Congress

“Can you picture Johnny …

“Can you picture Johnny

who never left Gage County, Nebraska before,

trying to order eggs in one of those fancy
cafés on Rue de something-or-other? Would he just crow like a chicken until
they figured out what he wanted? “

The Last of the Doughboys: The
Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War
– Illustration: “This is not a Hula-Hula dance. It is a picture of an American soldier ordering two-three minute soft
boiled eggs by imitating a rooster.”

by awesome American aviator & artist Penrose Vass Stout

Do You Parley Voo?: WWI French Phrasebooks


                                                         “Must have music!”

“October 12 1918 – Found an old organ in the church & had a
little music — But it suddenly went heavenward! Tough luck! Will try fixing the organ in the morning. Must have music! How strange it seemed to play the Lost Chord & the Doxology in the church — a ruin in the
battleline. It was twilight too…”

Diary of H. Andrew Wallhauser, a first lieutenant ambulance driver in the 165th Ambulance
Company in Exermont, Meuse-Argonne sector, France –
The New Jersey Historical Society

Photo: October 11 1918, a WW1 historic photograph showing this impromptu organ recital in the wrecked church of Exermont,
France. See awesome then & now photos of Exermont (photo#10) and its famous church

“Buddy”, no matter whether man or lad, t…

“Buddy”, no matter whether man or lad, that’s the one greeting we all
had. Country, color, creed and station, moulded as one in war’s devastation,
when "Buddies” went on to that unknown goal, shoulder to shoulder,
soul to soul.”

Buck Private McCollum, 77th Division, American soldier who fought in the
Meuse Argonne Offensive –
History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion

Photo: Thursday October 10 1918, Two wounded soldiers enjoying refreshments
provided by the Red Cross near Chatel Chehery, in the Meuse-Argonne sector, France. See
Google map.
Here, a very nice & short Youtube video showing US Red Cross
workers distributing refreshment to US troops at Chatel Chehery



“Why, you must be Americans!”

‘Thursday October 10, 1918 – The villages
of Escaufourt, St. Souplet and Vaux-Andigny are captured. When the
Americans entered these villages they were mistaken for British. They were
repeatedly kissed, the more emotional kissing the rifles and bayonets! It was
not until the villagers offered tea to the soldiers, when the latter produced sugar for
it, that they perceived who their deliverers were.

you must be Americans
!” and there was another outburst of enthusiasm!’

Photo: October 10 1918
during the Hundred Days Offensive – A French lady offers tea or coffee to
American soldiers, in Becquigny, a town they just captured. American
armies and battlefields in Europe
– Photo: US Signal Corps

See Google map