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By George Browne

George “Brownie” Browne used to be a twenty-three-year-old civil engineer in Waterbury, Connecticut, whilst the U.S. entered the nice struggle in 1917. He enlisted presently and served within the American Expeditionary Forces until eventually his discharge in 1919. An American Soldier in global warfare I is an edited selection of multiple hundred letters that Browne wrote to his fianc?e, Martha “Marty” Johnson, describing his reviews in the course of global warfare I as a part of the famed forty second, or Rainbow, department. From September 1917 until eventually he was once wounded within the Meuse-Argonne offensive in overdue October 1918, Browne served part by means of part along with his comrades within the 117th Engineering Regiment. He participated in numerous protecting activities and in offensives at the Marne, at Saint-Mihiel, and within the Meuse-Argonne.This amazing choice of Brownie’s letters unearths the daily lifetime of an American soldier within the ecu theater. The problems of educating, transportation to France, hazards of wrestle, and the final word pressure on George and Marty’s courting are all captured in those pages. David L. Snead weaves the Browne correspondence right into a wider narrative approximately strive against, wish, and repair one of the American troops. via delivering an outline of the stories of a regular American soldier serving within the American Expeditionary Forces in France, this learn makes a useful contribution to the heritage and historiography of yank participation in global warfare I. (20090409)

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Of course you do. I can’t express just how I feel when I remember it. It seems so different from what I expected. To think that you are all my own. Isn’t that enough? I can’t write much when I write like that Marty because I have day-dreams. 60 . . Am going to quit now Marty, but will write again soon. ” july 23, 1917 [33], (23) 61 My pass expired at 4 this afternoon, and I was on time. I wasn’t going to write you tonight, but got to thinking—you know how it is—so I had to do it. I think I love you just a little to-night, Marty, and I would like to show you how much that little is.

The shortage of trained officers hampered all mobilization efforts. Altogether, there were only 11,000 officers in all the military branches in April 1917, and at least 200,000 were needed. In many cases, new officers stayed up late the night before learning the drills they were supposed to teach the recruits the next day. 8 Small inventories of weapons accompanied the shortages in manpower. 5 million. 9 The supply situation was also critical. The army constantly struggled to meet the needs of its expanding forces.

The process began with his enlistment and continued through his stay at Camp Mills. Few things in his letters received as much condemnation as the shots. july 29, 1917 (Fort Slocum) My Martha, . . , except for my right arm. Received the third dose for typhoid last night, so that explains it. Nevertheless, the morale of the troops is excellent. . Am getting used to being punctured regularly, now that I am thru. The examinations never end tho, so we will be ready for anything soon. 9999 . . I didn’t know but we’d be marched to the hospital for an——— other inoculation.

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