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. 1919 Excerpt: ...prunes and coffee. Mess over the men thought about a coming long sleep and their mouths watered at the thought, but sleep was not on our ...Read MoreThis 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. 1919 Excerpt: ...prunes and coffee. Mess over the men thought about a coming long sleep and their mouths watered at the thought, but sleep was not on our billof-fare that day. We were shortly started off on a long hike, object and destination unknown, and we kept dragging ourselves along until noontide, when we put up outside of a small town called Vatenay. We heard the guns here plainly during the day and night, while air-raiders laying eggs during the night added to the accustomed lullaby music. We stayed at this place several days and cleaned up. The men enjoyed the luxury of several good swims here, for a branch of the Marne wound by the place. These swims somewhat discouraged our many "cooties," though they did not drive them to abandon us. Two bits of information made the rounds of this rest camp: One, that our outfit had aided in a battle which had materially lowered the morale of the enemy; the other, that we were to be moved to the other side of the salient to help the French. However, the rumor that we were booked for a month's rest persisted in the mouths of cheerful souls, and they lost nothing of their popularity by their insistence. The few days of conditioning were soon up. We were awakened one morning at four o'clock; ate, packed, and started. A few miles down the road, we were loaded in French Pullmans (forty hommies, etc.) and ground over the French rails all that night. We left the train next morning at nine o'clock and started hiking again, and the first sign any one in the battalion saw said, under the arrow pointing ahead of us, "Chateau Thierry." CHAPTER IX THROUGH HELL AT CHATEAU THIERRY Chateau Thierry had had an American ring in the ears of the A. E. F. ever since the story of the Marines stand here had gone all up and down the ...Read Less
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