Albatros fighters by Ray Rimell

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By the end of the fourth week, the soldiers were marching eight miles, fully equipped. Beyond marching, the soldiers’ training included close order drills, instruction in their specific areas of expertise (such as infantry, artillery, or engineering), and basic first aid. 46 Soldiers were not trained, however, in trench warfare. 47 The preparation the men received was limited. ” 49 Another significant problem was the officers’ lack of training. 0pt ——— Normal PgEnds: [26], (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 One young soldier recalled, “Our officers .

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.

September 14, 1917 . . 799 ——— Normal PgEnds: [22], (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 different nationality. We get along like pie tho. Chipped in and bought a lantern & a gallon of kero[sene]. ] and they are so crowded that one hasn’t a chance to get in. . I’ll try to give you an idea of this place is like. There’s one main street running straight across the plains (very flat here). On each side of the street they put up mess shacks about 75 feet apart and in back of those the rows of tents run at right angles to the street.

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