Tank Raid for Corned-Beef

OPERATIONS OF THE WESTERN DETACHMENT 1ST BRIGADE, TANK CORPS (US) SEPTEMBER 26 - OCTOBER 11, 1918. (PERSONAL EXPERIENCE) By Captain Thomas C. Brown ...As we left the forest and started east we seemed to be passing through all of the machine guns and anti-tank guns that had been kicked out of Montblainville.  They peppered us from all sides with their small stuff, adding a big "wham" every so often from their wicked 16mm anti-tank gun.  This gun was very effective and would penetrate tank armor very easily with a normal impact.  The fact that the gun was about as dangerous…
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Medal of Honor Citation

Bertoldo, Vito R. Master Sergeant, Army, Company A, 242d Infantry Division Hatten, France, 9-10 January 1945 Citation: He fought with extreme gallantry while guarding 2 command posts against the assault of powerful infantry and armored forces which had overrun the battalion's main line of resistance. On the close approach of enemy soldiers, he left the protection of the building he defended and set up his gun in the street, there to remain for 12 hours driving back attacks while in full view of his adversaries and completely exposed to 88-mm., machinegun and small-arms fire. He moved back inside the command…
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A British Assessment of US Army in Sicily, 1943

The particular features of troops, their equipment, extraordinary mobility, and general artillery methods, require special study if they are to be employed to the best advantage together with, and alongside, British troops in an Allied operation. It cannot be assumed that the armies of both Nations will fulfill similar tasks equally well: each has its peculiar characteristics suiting it, on the one hand, for wide and very speedy manoeuvre across difficult country, great elasticity and powers of improvisation, and extremely rapid concentration of fire power; and, on the other hand, for dogged fighting, resolute attack against prepared positions, stubborn defence,…
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Military Housekeeping (1866)

One snowy day in the winter of 1866-67, Alice B. Baldwin, escorted by her husband, Lieutenant Frank D. Baldwin, arrived at Fort Harker, Kansas. When the lieutenant stopped the Army ambulance in which they were traveling, Mrs. Baldwin asked, "Where is our house?" The landscape was void of buildings. All she could see was a snow-covered mound from which a stovepipe protruded. This was it, her new home in this frontier fort - a dugout. Mrs. Baldwin entered the dwelling and gazed about with mounting disappointment. "The sordid interior filled me with gloom, scarcely lessened by the four-pane glass window,…
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1928

Source:  A Comparative Study of World War Casualties from Gas and Other Weapons, Col. H. L. Gilchrist, Medical Corps, Army, USGPO
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Camouflaging the South Pacific (1943)

Clip:  I saw jeeps driven along the beach within plain view of the CAPE ENDAIADERE and the Japanese, and with one of our headquarters located in a native village just back from this beach. I saw men paddling collapsible Australian assault boats in the same area without any military reason, this all in broad daylight and much Japanese air activity, and with the knowledge of their officers and under their observation. USS Missouri, Korea, 1950  Image Wikimedia Commons HEADQUARTERS ARMY GROUND FORCES Army War College Washington, February 20, 1943 SUBJECT: Observer's Report. CHRISTMAS ISLAND was the best example that I…
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Watching Movies with the Enemy

Bougainville had been secured, but there were still about 20,000 Japanese on the other side of the island. There had been no major engagement since the 'Battle of Hill 700,' a victory for the 37th that secured the island. The just lived on their side of the island, and we lived on ours with a well-established perimeter defense. Sometimes a couple of them would slip into our open-air theater and watch movies, or scrounge for food. They were more or less harmless. Their supply lines were hopelessly cut and pilots destroyed their gardens. They were slowly starving. Source: Lynn L.…
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