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First Division War Diary Entry
October 29, 1917 [Gondrecourt], France
Weather: fair. Health: good. Supplies: good.
. . . 2. The heavy rains have so washed and flooded the roads that difficulty is being encountered in hauling supplies for the troops and lumber for barracks and for the Corps Schools.
3. The 3rd Battalion of each Infantry Regiment started on a special schedule of training in preparation for a tour of duty at the front. Owing to the fact that the 2nd Battalion of each Regiment is preparing to leave for the front October 30th, and the 1st Battalions are at the front, heavy fatigue details are required from the 3rd Battalions for the Corps Schools, the Ordnance and Engineer Depots at Demange-aux-Eaux, the improvement of all picket lines which are badly flooded and the guarding of villages temporarily vacated by the 1st and 2nd Battalions. This special training is therefore being conducted under many difficulties. . . .
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (RG 120), Records of General Headquarters (GHQ), War Diaries, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Diary entry signed.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 123.