By George Browne
George “Brownie” Browne used to be a twenty-three-year-old civil engineer in Waterbury, Connecticut, while the us entered the nice conflict in 1917. He enlisted presently and served within the American Expeditionary Forces until eventually his discharge in 1919. An American Soldier in global battle I is an edited selection of multiple 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 was once wounded within the Meuse-Argonne offensive in past due October 1918, Browne served part by means of facet 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 impressive choice of Brownie’s letters finds the daily lifetime of an American soldier within the eu theater. The problems of teaching, transportation to France, risks of wrestle, and the final word pressure on George and Marty’s dating are all captured in those pages. David L. Snead weaves the Browne correspondence right into a wider narrative approximately strive against, desire, and repair one of the American troops. via supplying an outline of the reports of a standard American soldier serving within the American Expeditionary Forces in France, this examine makes a helpful contribution to the background and historiography of yank participation in international struggle I. (20090409)
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4pt ——— and early October. The average soldier received vaccines for tyNormal 39 phoid, paratyphoid A and B, and smallpox. ” 40 Even more basic, some men had to be instructed as to how often to bathe and change their clothes. The men were ordered to bathe at least twice a week and to change their underwear with at least the same frequency. 41 Finally, ofﬁcers were made personally responsible for their men’s sexual behavior. A general order requested, All ofﬁcers serving with troops should do their utmost to encourage healthful exercises and physical recreation and to supply opportunities for cleanly social and interesting mental occupations for the men under their command; to take advantage of favorable opportunities to point out, particularly to the younger men, the inevitable misery and disaster which follow intemperance and loose living and that venereal disease which is almost sure to follow intercourse with loose women is always a serious matter.
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An American Soldier in World War I (Studies in War, Society, and the Militar) by George Browne