An American Soldier in World War I (Studies in War, Society, by George Browne

By George Browne

George “Brownie” Browne was once a twenty-three-year-old civil engineer in Waterbury, Connecticut, whilst the U.S. entered the nice warfare in 1917. He enlisted presently and served within the American Expeditionary Forces until eventually his discharge in 1919. An American Soldier in global struggle I is an edited number of a couple of hundred letters that Browne wrote to his fianc?e, Martha “Marty” Johnson, describing his reports in the course of international warfare I as a part of the famed forty second, or Rainbow, department. From September 1917 until eventually he used to be wounded within the Meuse-Argonne offensive in overdue October 1918, Browne served part through part together with his comrades within the 117th Engineering Regiment. He participated in different shielding activities and in offensives at the Marne, at Saint-Mihiel, and within the Meuse-Argonne.This awesome selection of Brownie’s letters unearths the day by day lifetime of an American soldier within the eu theater. The problems of teaching, transportation to France, hazards of strive against, and the last 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 wrestle, wish, and repair one of the American troops. through delivering an outline of the studies of an ordinary American soldier serving within the American Expeditionary Forces in France, this learn makes a important contribution to the historical past and historiography of yank participation in global struggle I. (20090409)

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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. It is a lot. . I just wanted to let you know to-night that I love you just a little more that ever before.

30 | mobilization and training PgEnds: [30], (2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 august 26, 1917 . . This afternoon I was detailed to teach my “Wop” friend his general orders. 56 I spent about two hours on him yesterday and the same amount this afternoon. Don’t you think he ought to improve rapidly. I’m sure he’ll learn how to swear. Perhaps they’ll enlist school teachers for the army soon. If they do you may be able to take your trip to France.

I’m to leave here tomorrow morning if nothing happens so have been thru all the red-tape necessary to such a step. 799 ——— Normal PgEnds: [20], (1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 been standing in line all day. Have turned in all the government property I had[—]that is rifle, bedding, everything except my clothes and personal property. . They say here that engineers are going to France right off but that doesn’t make it so.

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