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         The life and times of Mark and Paula Persons

Sunday, September 6, 2015: 

It was a World War I weekend at Fort Snelling in the Twin Cities.  Fort Snelling is run by the Minnesota Historical Society. 

The 1914 to 1918 era did not have cell phones or radios.  Communication was by soldiers running messages or signal flags between ships.

World War I was known for trench warfare in Europe.  Men, by the thousands would go "over the top" from a trench to attack their enemy.  Most died.

Gas was introduced as a weapon during the conflict.  It killed many thousands too.

Ten million soldiers died, twenty million were wounded, and almost eight million were declared missing.  A terrible price to pay for lack of diplomacy.   

The U.S. soldier on the left is shown happily guarding German prisoners he captured. 

Germans thought of themselves as better than anyone else in the world.  Defeat was unthinkable.

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition...and we'll all be free.  Don't come back until it's over,...over there!

U.S. Army life was regimented.  Troops were awakened by a bugle call at dawn's early light.  
In the end, the allied powers of the United States, Britain, France and other smaller countries defeated Germany in its attempt to occupy Europe.   
The Post Exchange was where soldiers could buy almost anything.  Women were often used as nurses in hospitals near the front in France.
Every military unit has a band.  Everyone needs to hear music to keep their lives in order.
There was time for recreational activities like dancing and baseball too.  A hit, catch that ball!

Quote of the day:    The Minnesota Historical Society does a great job.   Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

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