My Grandfather’s World War I Log Book – Part 21 – France
November 11 – 16, 1918
“The armistice was signed at 11 A.M – Nov. 11, 1918.”
My comments: My grandfather was with the U.S. Army 111th Engineers battalion. In this excerpt from his Log Book, he describes his platoon celebrating on November 11, 1918, when they found out that the war was over. The quotes are from my grandfather’s Log Book. The photos are my addition.
Excerpts from Log Book*:
Painting of the signing of the Armistice in Marshal Foch’s railroad car on November 11, 1918. Painting by Harold Piffard. (from MuseedelaGuerre.ca)
“November 11th, 1918: Left Oche at 7:30 A.M. Had dinner at Buzancy, and while here heard the glad news that Germany threw in the sponge & talk about noise we sure come in for our share. The Armistice was signed at 11 A.M. – November 11, 1918.
“Met Captain E.A. Wilcox, my manager at Public Service Co. of Tulsa. Sure was glad to see him. Arrived at Champignuelle at 5 P.M. where we camped for the night.”
Armistice Day with U.S. soldiers in the 64th regiment of the 7th infantry, as they celebrate and make noise (photo from National Archives)
Armistice Day in Paris, where U.S. soldiers and French civilians celebrate together (photo from the Library of Congress)
“November 12th: On hike at 7:30 A.M. through Chatel Chehery to camp 1 kilo east of Apremont where we were billeted in boche [German troops’] houses & they sure had the place fixed up, as it can hold a division of men. There’s bunks & a stove in each billet, electric lights & all other conveniences.”
World War I war memorial in Apremont, France (photo taken in 2014)
“November 13th: Spent the day in cleaning up. Lieut. Hughes & Pvt. Brown returned today. Lieut. Singleton inspected the platoon, everything OK.”
“November 14th: Started holding reveille & retreat, the first since we left Argancon. Drilled for one hour. The company was mustered in afternoon.”
“November 15th: Lieut. Smith paid us a visit. He went to 3rd O.T. School, was Sgt. in the company.”
“November 16th: Still resting, but the rumor is we leave tomorrow. Transferred from 1st Army Corps as Corps Engineers to the 36th Division as divisional Eng. The 36th Div. was transferred to 1st Army Corps. Pvt. Flagg returned this evening.”
Armistice Day in Paris, where children and adults celebrate together (photo from the Library of Congress)
Armistice Day in Paris, where an American sailor, an American Red Cross Nurse and two British soldiers celebrate the signing of the Armistice, near the Paris Gate at Vincennes, Paris (photo from National Archives)
Next post will be — “Our big Turkey dinner [Thanksgiving] consisted of burnt beans, corn, wooly wet bread & bum coffee.”
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*Quotes are from my grandfather Sergeant 1st Class Lou Sheckard’s World War I handwritten Log Book. He describes his experience with the U.S. Army 111th Engineers from March 1, 1917 to June 15, 1919. To learn how I discovered this 100-year-old family treasure, click here.
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