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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 USA entered the nice conflict in 1917. He enlisted presently and served within the American Expeditionary Forces until eventually his discharge in 1919. An American Soldier in global warfare I is an edited choice of multiple hundred letters that Browne wrote to his fianc?e, Martha “Marty” Johnson, describing his studies in the course of global conflict 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 past due October 1918, Browne served aspect via part along with his comrades within the 117th Engineering Regiment. He participated in different protecting activities and in offensives at the Marne, at Saint-Mihiel, and within the Meuse-Argonne.This remarkable choice of Brownie’s letters unearths the day by day lifetime of an American soldier within the eu theater. The problems of educating, transportation to France, hazards of strive against, and the final word pressure on George and Marty’s courting are all captured in those pages. David L. Snead weaves the Browne correspondence right into a wider narrative approximately wrestle, desire, and repair one of the American troops. by way of supplying an outline of the reviews of a typical American soldier serving within the American Expeditionary Forces in France, this research makes a useful contribution to the background and historiography of yank participation in global battle I. (20090409)

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July 12, 1917 (Fort Slocum) My Own Marty, I took a sneak down to the Post Office yesterday morning and got your letter. It certainly did me a world of good. . I like long letters, short letters, or cards, or anything you want to send me. [30], (2 july 15, 1917 . . There is always a ball-game going on here and usually two or Lines: 2 three. Sat. afternoon is always a big time. Foot-racing and all sorts ——— of athletic events. 999 amateur of course. . Then there are moving pictures nearly ——— every night free.

I can’t write much when I write like that Marty because I have day-dreams. 60 . . Am going to quit now Marty, but will write again soon. ” july 23, 1917 [33], (23) 61 My pass expired at 4 this afternoon, and I was on time. I wasn’t going to write you tonight, but got to thinking—you know how it is—so I had to do it. I think I love you just a little to-night, Marty, and I would like to show you how much that little is. It is a lot. . I just wanted to let you know to-night that I love you just a little more that ever before.

Finally, military police were stationed at known houses of prostitution to prevent American soldiers from indulging.

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