91st Infantry in World War I. Analysis Of An AEF Division's by Bryan L. Woodcock

By Bryan L. Woodcock

Includes The americans within the First international struggle representation Pack—57 photos/illustrations and 10 maps

The 91st Infantry department used to be a countrywide military department created ahead of international battle I. established at Camp Lewis, Washington, it was once composed of draftees from the northwestern usa. Following a educate up that lasted below twelve months, this department departed for Europe in June 1918. In France, the 91st department performed extra education, however the AEF driven it to front traces prior to it used to be accomplished. In its first strive against adventure, the 91st department fought at the entrance strains of the Meuse-Argonne. within the first days of this conflict, the 91st department, even supposing green, won extra flooring than the other American department. besides the fact that, it paid a heavy fee when it comes to American lives. The AEF therefore assigned the department to paintings less than French command within the conflict of Ypres-Lys in Belgium. This thesis examines the department leadership's skill to execute necessary...

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19} The division later received new recruits to replace these losses, but the turnover significantly affected the unit’s readiness. The troop levy had a significant impact on maintaining continuity of personnel within the units, but other factors contributed to the manning issues that the 91st experienced throughout its training period and subsequent movement to Europe. Individual units began to move personnel around to match jobs with skill sets. Additionally, many men left their units due to disease or sickness that prevented deployment.

The training environment in western Washington State provided the 91st with some unique challenges. In December, Private First Class Ernest W. ”{23} In March, Charles Burton, a Soldier in Headquarters Company, 364th Infantry wrote a similar letter stating: It has been snowing and raining for the last week. It will snow an inch or two then rain for an hour or so and melt it all off then repeat the performance. It is the funniest weather I have ever seen. I wish it would get dry in this country sometime.

In December, Private First Class Ernest W. ”{23} In March, Charles Burton, a Soldier in Headquarters Company, 364th Infantry wrote a similar letter stating: It has been snowing and raining for the last week. It will snow an inch or two then rain for an hour or so and melt it all off then repeat the performance. It is the funniest weather I have ever seen. I wish it would get dry in this country sometime. {24} The weather at Camp Lewis may not have been popular with the recruits, but there could not have been a more realistic training environment to prepare them for what they would soon face in France.

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