By George Browne
George “Brownie” Browne was once a twenty-three-year-old civil engineer in Waterbury, Connecticut, while the USA entered the good struggle in 1917. He enlisted presently and served within the American Expeditionary Forces until eventually his discharge in 1919. An American Soldier in international conflict I is an edited choice of multiple hundred letters that Browne wrote to his fianc?e, Martha “Marty” Johnson, describing his reports in the course of international battle 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 together 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 awesome number of Brownie’s letters finds the daily lifetime of an American soldier within the ecu theater. The problems of educating, 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 strive against, desire, and repair one of the American troops. via offering an outline of the reports of a normal American soldier serving within the American Expeditionary Forces in France, this learn makes a worthy contribution to the heritage and historiography of yank participation in international battle I. (20090409)
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It’s very trying to get here and still be conﬁned. The buildings in sight from here appear very quaint and its useless to say that I’d love to explore the city. We are forbidden to write names and numbers and several other things. As I’m not sure about the rules they may cut out some of this letter. I wrote three letters to you but as I don’t think they’d go I won’t send them. . It’s impossible to keep oneself clean here with only salt water to wash in. november 19, 1917 . . We stayed on that boat in port for about four days and had two walks ashore but no liberty.
So I didn’t sleep at all. . I’ll never say again that they don’t work you in the army. Yesterday morning ﬁve drills, getting ready and going on guard in the afternoon. Then I’ve had no time off to-day till now. See what I’m doing Marty and judge where my tho’ts are. m. ﬁve more drills and inspection at 11:15. This is the life! No clean clothes and my riﬂe rusty from the rain last night. sept. 12, 1917 (Camp Mills) . . We have to drill about eight hours a day now and that combined with meals and other formations leaves me rather short of time to say nothing of sore feet and other small items.
Now I have news for you. Good or bad I don’t know. The less I know the more contented I am. I’ve been transferred to Co. A. of the same regiment so my address in changed accordingly. Just transferred this morning so I am unsettled again. This outﬁt is almost entirely South Carolina boys but I think I’ll get along just as well with them as anybody. . There are twelve of us in this tent and we are some crowded. Perhaps will get more tents soon tho. october 16, 1917 . . They sent everything away to-day except what we carry in our packs.
An American Soldier in World War I (Studies in War, Society, and the Militar) by George Browne