The War Story of C Battery, One Hundred and Third U.S. Field Artillery, France 1917-1919

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 152 pages
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General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1920 Original Publisher: Printed for the authors by the Plimpton press Subjects: World War, 1914-1918 History / Military / World War I History / Military / United States Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: Chapter III NEWPORT NEWS AT this period in the war game in which the United States had just been listed as a pinch hitter, the newspapers continued stories of the formation of the famous Rainbow Division, composed of National Guard troops from twenty-six different states. No one seemed ever to have heard of the 26th Division, although we were all sure that we were to be a part of an organization by that name. We had heard that our infantry were training in Westfield and Framingham, but we were not as yet sophisticated enough to know just what connection these men had with us. Previously we had heard that the Rhode Island batteries were to train during the winter at Camp Greene, situated in Charlotte, North Carolina. Having believed this report, it was with great surprise one morning that we read in the newspapers that the New England 26th Division was to sail for France! Perhaps there were men higher up who understood why the a6th was chosen as the first National Guard unit to go overseas, but whether the men understood or not, they were honestly delighted with the prospect of starting for the shores of France which were so far away from us and our thoughts, even at this time. While the boys were discussing these bright prospects, the Powers that Be were framing the plans for the first step which the Battery was to take, the step whichseparated it from the other outfits of the regiment and in the end put us several months behind tim...

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