History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

26 May, 2012

Americans in World War One

The start of a three-part series for the Memorial Day weekend. The Americans may have come to the Great War later than many, but their experience was every bit as intense. 

From the LIFE photo archives (though not LIFE magazine, which didn't yet exist), plus one from the Imperial War Museum. 

1917-1918, of course.

A young soldier boarding a train for the Front. Source

American troops lined up in London before being shipped to the front. Source

Troops on the move. Source

An American machine-gun platoon moving through a forest to the front lines, France. Source

Marching soldiers. Source

Artillery spotters. Source

Soldiers advancing on the American positions. Source

Soldiers resting during a lull in the fighting. Source

Soldiers getting new clothes from the quartermaster. Source

Machine gun platoon creeping along a path. Source

Troops advancing through a shattered forest. Source

Medics carry a wounded a soldier. Source

Troops running across a battlefield. Source

Snipers in camouflage. Source

French children watch a procession of American ammunition. Source

American surgeons at a field hospital. Source

Marching through shell-devastated woodland. Source

Troops shooting from a ruined house. Source

A soldier silhouetted by an exploding phosphorus bomb. Source


Alex said...

I just found your blog and I love it.

Anna said...

Thank you so much, always thrilled to hear that!! :)

superheidi said...

That's a good collection. Makes me think of the book "Johnny got his gun" by Dalton Trumbo.

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