The story of Battery D, 304th Field Artillery, September 1917 to May 1919

9781231052990: The story of Battery D, 304th Field Artillery, September 1917 to May 1919

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 Excerpt: ...midnight we started. We had to descend the steep ridge on which we were, and ascend the one in front of us, and it needed all the skill of our drivers to accomplish this in the inky darkness. Time and again the carriages were stuck, but Sergeant French or Corporal Schwab were soon around, and with the assistance of the cannoneers on the wheels the difficulty was quickly straightened out. We arrived at our new position, designated on the French maps as Sept Fontaines, in the early morning and were soon firing. The enemy did not bark back at all, and we had no occasion to seek protection in the long system of abris which were constructed in the slope of the ridge to the rear of our guns, though we did use them for sleeping purposes. At noon "Louie" Apicella, "Charlie" (Sever and "Izzie" Schwartz, who had accompanied us on the advance, had mess ready, and wonder of all wonders, we had home-made apple pie. In civil life this would have been nothing unusual, but to us now it was an event worthy of special mention. Due to the shortage of sugar in the daily diet, we had developed an abnormal hankering for sweets, so that chocolate and candy were worth their weight in gold. Apple pie was in the same class, and to be able to have such a luxury on an advance made the movement doubly a success. (Tnfortunately there were no "seconds," though "Dan" Philpot, with his usual success in such matters, succeeded in bluffing "Izzie" out of a second portion. Galiano also, on the plea that it was "for the officers," was successful in getting a few additional portions, but the expression of satisfaction and elation on his face for the rest of the day was a sure indication that the officers had never seen the &q...

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