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Bleyer, William (First World War correspondence collection)
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This collection contains two correspondence from an unknown soldier in the Metropolitan Hotel in Washington, D.C. after the First World War. The correspondence describes photographs that pertained to the soldier's time overseas.
The author of these letters, presumably written at the same time as part of one correspondence, served in France with the 55th Brigade, 28th Infantry Division during the First World War. It is unclear if he worked with a medical detachment, but there are many references to ambulances and life-saving, even mentioning being in charge of life-saving while en route to France aboard the "Carmania." The 28th Division fought through France in many battles and participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Specific details in this correspondence mentions fighting the "Bosche," a slang for Germans, with detailed locations such as Chateau Thierry, the Church of Lucy-le-Bocage, Exermont, Varennes, Boureuilles, L'Aire River, Mont Sec, Woevre Plain, Neuville in the Argonne (Neuvilly-en-Argonne), Metz, Verdun, and the most important action described by the soldier near the Vesle River at Fismes and Fismette.
0.05 Linear feet (1 folder)
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