The Artilleryman; The Experiences and Impressions of an American Artillery Regiment in the World War. 129th F.A., 1917-1919

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 Excerpt: ... rounds, there was no shortage in the supply.f And this, too, in face of the fact that the ammunition had to be brought forward over the open road which was almost continuously under fire. There was no excitement of battle, no fever of combat, for the drivers who guided their carriages laden with high explosives, along those slippery, shell-shattered roads up to the gun positions, and then back for more; but they did their work in as matter of fact a way as driving the cows to pasture. Aeroplanes from both sides were much in evidence all during the battle and it could not be said that either controlled the air. Actual aerial battles were few; but observation planes were numerous. The 1st Battalion reported that planes with friendly insignia, flying over their position, were repeatedly followed by a hostile shell-fire, tTotal ammunition fired by 129th F. A., in first week of MeuseArgonne Offensive. From Official Regimental Reports. Sept. 26th 11,806 rounds 27th 2,445 28th 3,656 29th 6,062 30th 7,423 Oct. 1st 1,366 2nd 285 seeming to justify the conclusion that the enemy were using Allied insignia on their planes. Our defensive aeroplanes were not sufficient for the needs. On the 26th, during the advance, a hostile plane brought down three Allied balloons, but was itself brought down shortly afterward. Two or three days later a single German plane brought down two Allied observation balloons, off to the east, within view of our sector, within five minutes of each other, without immediate interference. On the 27th, as mentioned above, the 2nd Battalion was bombed shortly after taking position near Cheppy, by hostile aeroplanes. On October 2nd, about 5 p. m., seven German planes flew from west to east over the 2nd Battalion position. They met a warm reception f...

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