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Bivouac On The March
In Spring 1917 the first Americans arrived in Europe to take part in the Great War.

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Picture Portable

American portable machinegun.

Picture Detraining

American troops detraining at their destination.

Picture Ready to go

In marching order.

Picture General

General John. J. Pershing.
Color picture taken from Leslie's Photographic Review of the Great War, 1919.

Picture Good Morning!

A scene at reveille.

Picture Parade

The Morning Parade.

Picture Fast Food

American soldiers standing in with the cook.

Picture Inspection on Horseback

The Brigadier pays a visit.

Picture The Busy Barber

You want to look neat if you go to war.

Picture For Flag And Country

American soldiers march in a training camp.
It is 1918. The flag carries 48 stars.

Picture Homelike

American YMCA Soldiers Home.
Picture made in 1918.

Picture First Aid

First aid emergency field dressing.
Official navy picture, made on the US Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Ill.

Picture No More Sleep

Teaching recruits to lash up an hammock.
Another navy picture from the Great Lakes Training Station.

Picture On a Gun Turret of a Battleship

No more training (sic). Ready for the High Seas.

Picture Gun Drill

Training again. Aboard an American warship. Note the bare feet.

Picture Bayonet Excercise

More training on board.
A real photograph, but badly hand colored afterwards.

Picture Anti Aircraft Gun

Preparing defence against aircraft on board of an US battleship.

Picture Bi-Plane

US Navy hydro-aeroplane. The original caption reads:
Note the boat-like lines of the body. It is built with what is known as pontoon construction, which enables it to alight on and rise from the water. This type of machine also has splendid rising or climbing ability so that it can fly without having to run along a great distance on the level. Because of this it is especially desirable for navy use, as it can be started from the deck of a battleship. Use of the aeroplane in the present European war has practically revolutionized modern methods of warfare. Or Aviation Corps makes up in skill and achievement what it lacks in numbers.

Picture Florida

USS Florida. Picture made in 1917.

Picture Full Speed

Close bow view of American dreadnought going at full speed.

Picture South-Carolina

USS battleship South-Carolina.

Picture Submarine in Stereo

Stereo picture of the USS submarine K6. Picture made in 1918.
To view this and other stereo pictures you need a special viewer and/or some skill.

Picture USS Benham

Stereo picture of USS destroyer Benham.
The original byline of the picture said that this destroyer was of the latest type.

Picture Mess Time

Mess Time aboard ship. Stereo picture.
The original byline reads:
The set of boys show the clean-cut type of American sailor with intelligence stamped on their faces. The greatest care is taken to select only the fittest and brightest type of young man in the navy.

Picture Favorite Pastime

American sailors playing cards. Stereo picture.
The original byline reads:
The boys are limited in their different pastimes and in cramped quarters, outside their work, there is nothing to fit in or can take the place of a game of cards. Gambling is strictly prohibited on board any of Uncle Sam's ships, but the boys will engage in Pinochle, Forty-Five, Euchre and that sort of thing.
Here is a four-handed game of Whist, and it is a little bit interesting and exiting at the present moment. The boys get around in little corners out of the way between decks and enjoy this to their heart's content.

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Sources: Most of the pictures above come from our own collection. Others were found in books, and a few elsewhere on the Internet - RR.