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By George Browne

George “Brownie” Browne used to be a twenty-three-year-old civil engineer in Waterbury, Connecticut, whilst the us entered the good warfare in 1917. He enlisted presently and served within the American Expeditionary Forces until eventually his discharge in 1919. An American Soldier in global conflict I is an edited choice of a couple of hundred letters that Browne wrote to his fianc?e, Martha “Marty” Johnson, describing his studies in the course of international struggle I as a part of the famed forty second, or Rainbow, department. From September 1917 till he was once wounded within the Meuse-Argonne offensive in overdue October 1918, Browne served facet by way of part along with his comrades within the 117th Engineering Regiment. He participated in numerous shielding activities and in offensives at the Marne, at Saint-Mihiel, and within the Meuse-Argonne.This striking selection of Brownie’s letters finds the daily lifetime of an American soldier within the eu theater. The problems of teaching, transportation to France, hazards of strive against, 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. by means of offering an outline of the reviews of a typical American soldier serving within the American Expeditionary Forces in France, this learn makes a necessary contribution to the heritage and historiography of yankee participation in global battle I. (20090409)

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He’s a Russian and a dandy guy. Been in this country only six years and has been to school quite a little. Has no relatives in this country at all. Is this too much? . Good-bye my own sweetheart, Brownie Brownie held his relationship with Marty dear to his heart throughout his adventures. Their time apart obviously caused some problems, but it also seems to have brought them closer together as they learned to trust each other more fully and to communicate their feelings in letters. He also revealed in his letters why he felt he had to destroy those that Marty sent.

Alcohol was plentiful and there were seemingly prostitutes around every corner. 26 Frank Kolar wrote in his diary on November 4, “The comfort stations are rather public but nevertheless answer the purpose. Wild night up to 11 o’clock. ”27 Dr. Hugh Young, one of the aef’s leading medical officers, provided a vivid description in his autobiography of the prevalence of prostitution in Saint-Nazaire: “The situation within [the whorehouses] was terrible. The line of soldiers waiting their turn extended along the narrow hall to the individual doorways.

We have a gravel floor now and a ditch all around the outside. Between getting clothes and inoculations our gang has had lots of rest this week. september 29, 1917 . . So you think I’m mad at something. . Try to make allowances for your Sammie Marty. 43 Sometime it’s harder to be near what I should be than at others. Now for instance my arm is as sore as the deuce or devil and that doesn’t improve my temper mobilization and training | 25 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 much.

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