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A Daily Diary of the Great War — September 19, 1917

By John Hale Chipman, Class of 1919

"September 19, 1917. Wednesday, Bright and fair.

Supplies & materials at ammunition dumps. Bazoches, Chemin des Dames 1917
Supplies & materials at ammunition dumps. Bazoches, Chemin des Dames 1917

On account of our late trip last night we were allowed to sleep till 10:30, and believe me it was welcome sleep.  But after my breakfast-dinner, I worked on the car, changing the oiling and after greasing the rest of some 92 grease-cups on the car, now nothing short of a german shell can put me out of commission.  After supper I did some writing and after a lecture from the chef and delivery of orders, the boys came in and we talked and ate candy and cigarettes. Four lbs. of candy and 2 boxes of cigarettes don't go far with the crowd that frequents our remorques [trailers] but it is better to share than to hog especially since some of these boys dont ever have such thoughtful friends or folks as I have, to send them letters, packages and papers.  Tonight I received a letter from Mattie, Aug. 22, and Mrs. White, Marjorie Humphries' Mother,--and also your third bunch of papers.  I read them over by the light of a sadly worn candle and enjoyed them immensely.  After, we played pinochle till 10,--then went down to the foot of the hill and had a long talk with the chef about the future service.  I came up and went to bed at 11:30 as we get orders for sure tomorrow."

September 19, 1917
September 19, 1917

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