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Post-W.W. I Society and the New Spirit of the Twenties <br />(The Independent, 1920)Post-W.W. I Society and the New Spirit of the Twenties
(The Independent, 1920)
In 1920 there were many articles celebrating the three-hundredth anniversary of the Puritan's arrival on Cape Cod. This one writer decried the lack of enthusiasm that marked the modern age following the end of the Great War - a world that stood in contrast to the Pilgrim spirit. Religious faith, patriotism, and the belief in human progress had all been called into question by the mass carnage experienced during the war. Shell shocked and traumatized, the world seemed different: the old order had collapsed, replaced by an age of machines. The author of this column, Preston Slosson, was one of the observant souls to realize that the legacy of the First World War was disillusionment and cynicism.

"Our stock of idealism has temporarily run low and a mood of cynicism has replaced the devoted enthusiasm of 1918..."

Click here to read a 1916 article about life on the German home front.

The Return of the Coldstream Guards  <br />(The New Red Cross Magazine, 1919)The Return of the Coldstream Guards
(The New Red Cross Magazine, 1919)
"To-day was a great day in London. The Guards' Division was inspected by the King at Buckingham Palace and had a triumphant march to welcome them home...East End and West End rubbed shoulders to-day and showed the same respect for each other that not so long ago they had shown in the trenches."

Click here to read an article about the German veterans of W.W. I.

Compensation for Soldiers: How Much During the War? How Much After?<BR><br />( The Congressional Digest, 1922)Compensation for Soldiers: How Much During the War? How Much After?

( The Congressional Digest, 1922)
While debating the 1922 issue of benefits to be paid to the American W.W. I veterans, this record of salary and the post-war benefits paid by the other combatant nations was distributed to members of Congress.

As Europe Saw America in the War's Aftermath <br />(The Smart Set, 1921)As Europe Saw America in the War's Aftermath
(The Smart Set, 1921)
H.L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan, editors of The Smart Set, surmised that as the Europeans bury their many dead among the damp, depressing ruins of World War One Europe, America is neither admired or liked very much:

"...the English owe us money, the Germans smart under their defeat, the French lament that they are no longer able to rob and debauch our infantry."

In the War's Aftermath Came Spiritual Disillusion <br />(Current Opinion Magazine, 1919)In the War's Aftermath Came Spiritual Disillusion
(Current Opinion Magazine, 1919)
At the thirty-fifth annual Church Congress of the Protestant Episcopal Church (1919), clergy members seemed to agree that Christian leaders were needlessly complicit concerning their support for the First World War and were guilty of substituting Christian principles for patriotism:

"Christianity has betrayed itself body and soul".

If you would like to read about the spirit of disillusion that permeated post-war literature, click here.

The Crown Prince in Exile <br />(The Literary Digest, 1919)The Crown Prince in Exile
(The Literary Digest, 1919)
In the attached magazine interview, Kaiser Wilhelm's son and fellow exile, Crown Prince Wilhelm III (1882 - 1951, a.k.a. "The Butcher of Verdun"), catalogs his many discomforts as a "refugee" in Holland. At this point in his life, the former heir apparent was dictating his memoir (click here to read the book review) and following closely the goings-on at Versailles.

Click here to read an article about the German veterans of W.W. I.

Post-World War I France  <br />(The North American Review, 1920)Post-World War I France
(The North American Review, 1920)
During the Great War Alexander Woollcott (1887 - 1943) was writing for the U.S. Army newspaper THE STARS & STRIPES, and in that position he saw a great deal of the war: the destroyed villages, ravaged farmland, flattened industries. In the attached 1920 article Woollcott reported that the war-torn provinces of France looked much the same, two years after the Armistice. He was surprised at the glacial speed with which France was making the urgent repairs, and in this article he presented a sort-of Doughboy's-eye-view of post-war France.

In later years Woollcott would go on to become a prominent player in 1930s American journalism; his books included such titles as "Mrs. Fiske" (1917), "Shouts and Murmers" (1922), "Mr. Dickens Goes to the Play" (1923), "Enchanted Aisles" (1924) and "The Story of Irving Berlin" (1925) among others.

1919: Franco-American Relationship Begin to Cool <br />(The North American Review, 1919)1919: Franco-American Relationship Begin to Cool
(The North American Review, 1919)
During the closing months of the American presence in France, one element can be found in the majority of the letters written to loved ones at home:

"The French aren't treating us as nice".

In the war's aftermath, writer Alexander Woollcott (1887 - 1943) attempted to explain the situation to his readers; what follows were his observations.

To Outlaw War  <br />(Literary Digest, 1922)To Outlaw War
(Literary Digest, 1922)
"Not pacifists, but soldiers, have signed what several editors term one of the most striking and remarkable appeals for peace that have come to their tables."

Veterans of the 1914-1918 slaughter called for their respective governments to "oppose territorial aggrandizement" and demanded "that an international court be established to outlaw war"; following the establishment of said court, the immediate effort "to disarm and disband sea and air forces and destroy the implements of warfare" should begin. The American Legion Commander-in-Chief, Alvin Owsley (1888 - 1967), was among the signators.

Click here to read an article about the German veterans of W.W. I.

Bertrand Russell on American Intervention  <br />(Literary Digest, 1922)Bertrand Russell on American Intervention
(Literary Digest, 1922)
The British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970; Nobel Prize for Literature, 1950) used to get mighty hot under the collar when the topic of American society came up and this column is just one example. During his 1922 American speaking tour Russell rambled-on about how prone Americans were to confuse the truth with commercial messages; believing that altruism was seldom a motivating factor behind a single American undertaking. He will have none of the thinking that America's main concern for jumping into the meat grinder of 1914-1918 was entirely inspired by "wounded France" and "poor little Belgium" but was rather an exercise in American self-interest.

Read the thoughts of one W.W. I veteran who regrets having gone to war...

Clemenceau   <br />(Literary Digest, 1922)Clemenceau
(Literary Digest, 1922)
Georges Clemenceau (1841 - 1929) served as one of France's wartime Premieres (1917-1920). The following is an excerpt from his "letter to the American people" imploring them to share in his outrage concerning Germany's open defiance to the Versailles Treaty. Clemenceau would die seven years later, fully convinced that another devastating war with Germany was just around the corner.

Click here to read more articles about the German violations of the Versailles Treaty.

The Feminist Rebellion of the Twenties  <br />(The Dilineator, 1921)The Feminist Rebellion of the Twenties
(The Dilineator, 1921)
It was estimated that there were as many as two million empty seats around the collective family dinner tables in Post World War One Britain. Such an absence of young men could not help but lead to a new social arrangement:

"England is the great human laboratory of our generation - England with her surplus of two million women, her restless, well-equipped, unsatisfied women".

Too many European women were unable to find husbands and moved to America.

The Rise of Islamic Outrage    <br />(Current Opinion, 1922)The Rise of Islamic Outrage
(Current Opinion, 1922)
"I predict increasing ferment and unrest throughout all Islam; a continued awakening to self-consciousness; an increasing dislike for Western domination."

So wrote Lothrop Stoddard (1883 - 1950), an author who was very much a man of his time and tended to gaze outside the borders of Western Civilization with much the same vision as his contemporary Rudyard Kipling, seeing the majority of the world's inhabitants as "the white man's burden". Yet, for all his concern on the matter of Anglo-Saxon hegemony, he seemed to recognize the growing discontent in Islam, even if he was some sixty years early.

A Cartoonist with the U.S. Army in Germany <br />(Vanity Fair, 1919)A Cartoonist with the U.S. Army in Germany
(Vanity Fair, 1919)
A few cartoons by the illustrator George Wright (1872 - 1951) depicting the American Third Army during it's 1919 occupation of Germany.

The Kaiser Condemned <br />(The Literary Digest, 1919)The Kaiser Condemned
(The Literary Digest, 1919)
A brief article published some six months after the Armistice in which the editors collected various opinion pieces from assorted German newspapers that clearly stated the deep hatred many Germans felt for their former king. Also mentioned was the possibility that the dethroned Kaiser could possibly stand trial before the "court of Nations".

"The rotten branch on the Hohenzollern tree must be broken off, so that the tree may once more bloom and flourish. William II is superficial, frivolous, vain, and and autocratic; a lover of pomp; proud of his money, void of seriousness; a petty worshiper of his own petty self; without one trait of greatness, a poseur, an actor, and worst of all for a ruler: a coward."

Click here to read what the Kaiser thought of Adolf Hitler.

Under-Nourished German Children <br />(Magazine Advertisement, 1922-3)Under-Nourished German Children
(Magazine Advertisement, 1922-3)
Attached is a sad advertisement that ran on the pages of THE NATION for a number of years following the end of the war. Posted by a German charity, the ad pictures -what we can assume to be- a starving German child from one of the more impoverished regions of Saxony or Thuringia. All told, the photo and the accompanying text clearly illustrate the economic hardships that plagued post-World War I Germany.

Click here to read an article about the German veterans of W.W. I.

The Passing of an Era <br />(The Nation, 1922)The Passing of an Era
(The Nation, 1922)
British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey (1862-1933) was quicker than most of his contemporaries when he recognized what was unfolding in Europe during the August of 1914, and uttered these prophetic words:

"The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."

The anonymous old saw who penned this opinion column came to understand Gray's words; four years after the war he looked around and found that the world speeding by his window seemed untouched by the heavy handed Victorians. For this writer, the Victorian poet and writer Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888) represented the spirit of that age and it all seemed to come crashing down in 1922:

"Granting that the son of Arnold of Rugby was more troubled over the decay of Christian dogma than we are, it should be remembered that the decay symbolized for him a fact of equal gravity to ourselves -- the loss of a rational universe in which to be at home. But he never doubted how a new world was to be built -- by justice and by reason, not by claptrap and myth."

Eastern European Jews Slaughtered <br />(Current Opinion, 1920)Eastern European Jews Slaughtered
(Current Opinion, 1920)
"One of the most sinister results of the war has been a new wave of anti-Semitism in Europe. Recent dispatches from Berlin describe street demonstrations against Jews and speak of "a veritable pogrom atmosphere" in Munich and Budapest. In Poland, Jewish blood has flown freely, amid scenes of horror described by Herman Bernstein and other writers in American newspapers. In Ukraine the number of Jews massacred during the early part of the present year is estimated anywhere from 40,000 to 100,000."
The Dwindling A.E.F.  <br />(American Legion Weekly, 1919)The Dwindling A.E.F.
(American Legion Weekly, 1919)
The intended readers for the attached article were the newly initiated members of the American Legion (ie. recently demobilized U.S. veterans), who might have had a tough time picturing a Paris that was largely free of swaggering, gum-chewing Doughboys gallivanting down those broad-belted boulevards, but that is what this journalist, Marquis James (1891 - 1955) intended. At the time of this printing, the A.E.F. (American Expeditionary Force) had been shaved down from 4,000,000 to half that number and re-christened the A.F.F. (American Forces in France) and the A.F.G. (American Forces in Germany). With a good bit of humor, the article concentrates on the antics of the American Third Army in Germany as they performed their "Bolshevist busting" duties in the Coblenz region.
''Deutschland Unter Alles'' <br />(Current Opinion Magazine, 1921)''Deutschland Unter Alles''
(Current Opinion Magazine, 1921)
This is a brief editorial from 1921 that pointed out how amazing and promising pre-war Germany once was and then remarks how far off the mark the nation had fallen since the war ended:

• Her empire dismantled.
• Occupied by alien armies.
• Worthless currency.
• Widespread despair.

Click here to read about Anti-Semitism in W.W. I Germany.

Click here to read what the Kaiser thought of Adolf Hitler.

You might also want to read about the inflated currency of post W.W. I Germany.

Anticipating the American Century <br />(The Spectator, 1921)Anticipating the American Century
(The Spectator, 1921)
Attached is a review of "The American Era" by H.H. Powers. The reviewer disputes the author's argument that the First World War made Britain a weaker nation:

"Mr. Powers' interpretation of the war and it's squeals is that the Anglo-Saxon idea, having triumphed, will set the tone for the whole world. He also believes that the real depository and expositor of this idea in the future must be America. Britain, he thinks,in spite of her great geographical gains from the war-- he considerately exaggerates these, has sung her swan song of leadership."

A similar article about American power can be read here.

Odd Post-War Thinking from H.L. Mencken <br />(The Smart Set, 1920)Odd Post-War Thinking from H.L. Mencken
(The Smart Set, 1920)
Perhaps in his haste to be the reliable cynic, H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956) decided to ignore the haphazard nature of industrial warfare and indulged in some Darwinian thinking. There is no doubt that this column must have infuriated the Gold Star Mothers of W.W. I, who were still very much a presence at the time this opinion piece appeared, and it can also be assumed that the veterans of The American Legion were also shocked to read Mencken's words declaring that:

"The American Army came home substantially as it went abroad. Some of the weaklings were left behind, true enough, but surely not all of them. But the French and German Armies probably left them all behind. The Frenchman who got through those bitter four years was certainly a Frenchman far above the average in vigor and intelligence..."

Post-War French Opinions About Their American Allies <br />(Literary Digest, 1920)Post-War French Opinions About Their American Allies
(Literary Digest, 1920)
Here are a few French thoughts regarding America's late arrival in the war and some additional opinions on the matter of Uncle Sam's inflated ego.

Click here to read an article by a grateful Frenchman who was full of praise for the bold and forward-thinking manner in which America entered the First World War.

German Admiral Von Tirpitz Condemned <br />(Review of Reviews, 1919)German Admiral Von Tirpitz Condemned
(Review of Reviews, 1919)
One year after the First World War reached it's bloody conclusion, Admiral German Grand Admiral Alfred Von Tirpitz (1849 - 1930) was in a frenzy writing his wartime memoir in order that it arrive at the printing presses before his critics could do the same. One of his most devoted detractor was a naval advocate named Captain Persius who had been riding Tirpitz as early as 1914 for failing to fully grasp the benefits of the U-boat. In 1919 Captain Persius took it upon himself to widely distribute a pamphlet titled, "How Tirpitz Ruined the German Fleet", which was reviewed in this article.

"Tirpitz never realized the power of the submarine... Tirpitz was building Dreadnoughts when he should have been concentrating on submarines, and what is worse was building them with less displacement than the British, less strongly armed and of lower speed."

In 1920 the representatives from the victorious nations who convened at Versailles demanded that Kaiser Wilhelm, Admiral Tirpitz and an assortment of other big shots be handed over for trial - click here to read about it.

Read Another Article About Tirpitz...

Post-War Diary <br />(Atlantic Monthly, 1928)Post-War Diary
(Atlantic Monthly, 1928)
Printed posthumously, the attached article was written by British Lieutenant Colonel Charles A Court Repington (1858 - 1925) as he recalled his conversations with French Field Marshals Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929), Joseph Joffre (1852 - 1931) and a number of other French statesmen about the First World War during a series of chats that took place in the autumn 1924.
German Schools and the Teaching of the War <br />(Literary Digest, 1922)German Schools and the Teaching of the War
(Literary Digest, 1922)
It was discovered in 1922 that when the German school system made mention of the recently ended war (if they addressed the topic at all), the subject was often white-washed or inaccurately characterized. When approached by a foreign reporter concerning the matter, teachers claimed that new books were too expensive and that the prevailing political forces could never agree on an accurate history of the war:

"When do you think you will be able to begin studying the history of the war in your schools?" I asked.

"Not until this generation dies..."

The Monument at Vimy Ridge <br />(The Literary Digest, 1936)The Monument at Vimy Ridge
(The Literary Digest, 1936)
The attached article was written nineteen years after the smoke cleared over Vimy Ridge and succinctly tells the story of that battle in order that we can better understand why thousands of Canadian World War One veterans crossed the ocean a second time in order to witness the unveiling of the memorial dedicated to those Canadians who died there:

"Walter S. Allward (1876 – 1955), Canadian sculptor, worked fourteen years on the completion of the monument, which cost $1,500,000."

The article also touches upon some of the weird events that have taken place at Vimy Ridge since the war ended...

Click here to read an article about the German veterans of W.W. I.

Looking Back at the War with Regret <br />(The Nation, 1927)Looking Back at the War with Regret
(The Nation, 1927)
"Ten years ago the American people reversed its national tradition against entangling alliances and participation in the political struggles of Europe in order, as it is fondly believed, to make the world safe for democracy, safeguard the rights of small nations and the principle of self-determination... If the causes and justifications for our intervention were based on facts, some evidence of their truth ought now, after ten years, to be apparent."
Forgiveness Reigns at the Verdun Reunion <br />(Literary Digest, 1936)Forgiveness Reigns at the Verdun Reunion
(Literary Digest, 1936)
The attached magazine article is for any sentimental sap who has never crossed the water to walk wander pensively upon that ground where the blood once flowed between the years 1914 and 1918. It concerns the July 14, 1936 reunion at Verdun where many of the old combatants of the Great War were:

"Called together at historic Fort Douaumont, captured and retaken a score of times during those dark days of 1916, to swear a solemn oath to work for peace, the disillusioned survivors of their father's folly found Verdun changed, yet unchanged and changeless."

Click here to read another article concerning peace-loving veterans of World War One.

Franco-American Relations After W.W. I <br />(Literary Digest, 1927)Franco-American Relations After W.W. I
(Literary Digest, 1927)
Ten years after America entered the First World War, thrice elected French Prime-Minister André Tardieu (1876 – 1945) put pen to paper and came up with a book about the complicated relations between France and the United States "Devant l'Obstacle" (1927):

"They go on repeating the words 'American friendship' without realizing that America as a nation does not want friendships, and separates herself from her political associates the moment she can do so, as unceremoniously as she did in 1919, when she signed a separate peace with Germany. Few French students know or remember that less than twenty years after Lafayette left the American shores, America was at war with the country to which she virtually owed her freedom..."

Click here to read another article in which André Tardieu slanders the Americans.
Click here should you wish to read good thoughts by a Frenchman concerning America's entry into W.W. I.

''Thanks, America'': A French Expression of Gratitude <br />(American Legion Monthly, 1936)''Thanks, America'': A French Expression of Gratitude
(American Legion Monthly, 1936)
Almost twenty years after the First World War reached it's bloody conclusion, Americans collectively wondered as they began to think about all the empty chairs assembled around so many family dinner tables, "Do the French care at all that we sacrificed so much? Do they still remember that we were there?" In response to this question, an American veteran who remained in France, submitted the attached article to THE AMERICAN LEGION MONTHLY and answered those questions with a resounding "Yes":

"...I can assure you that the real France, the France of a thousand and one villages in which we were billeted; the France of Lorraine peasants, of Picardy craftsmen, of Burgundy winegrowers - remembers, with gratitude, the A.E.F. and its contribution to the Allied victory."

The article is accompanied by eight photographs of assembled Frenchmen decorating American grave sites.

Click here to read an article by a grateful Frenchman who was full of praise for the bold and forward-thinking manner in which America entered the First World War.

Rampant Inflation in Post-War Germany <br />(Click Magazine, 1944)Rampant Inflation in Post-War Germany
(Click Magazine, 1944)
Author and radio commentator Emil Ludwig (1881 – 1948) recalled the economic catastrophe that devastated post-World War I Germany as a result of their inflated currency:

"Inflation in Germany really started on the first day of the war in 1914 when the government voted a credit of five billion marks. This was not a loan...I saw the mark, the German monetary unit corresponding to the British shilling or the American quarter, tumble down and down until you paid as much for a loaf of bread as you would have paid for a limousine before inflation started."

The Political Crisis in Post-War Germany <br />(Current Opinion Magazine, 1919)The Political Crisis in Post-War Germany
(Current Opinion Magazine, 1919)
The CURRENT OPINION foreign correspondent filed this short dispatch about the pandemonium unfolding in post-World War I Germany:

"The great fact to the outside world is that a German parliament has actually precipitated a crisis. It threw out the Scheidemann cabinet. It presided over the birth of a Bauer one. It was the German parliament which dictated to the government regarding its composition, instead of meekly obeying the government, as had been the custom..."

The World After W.W. I <br />(The Bookman, 1929)The World After W.W. I
(The Bookman, 1929)
The book review of Winston Churchill's 1929 tome, The Aftermath:

"All too frequently Mr. Churchill passes lightly over the story he alone can tell and repeats the stories that other men have told."...[Yet] no one who wants to understand the world he lives in can afford to miss The Aftermath. Would that all contemporary statesmen were one-tenth as willing as Mr. Churchill to tell what they know."

Read the thoughts of one W.W. I veteran who regrets having gone to war...

German Veterans of the War <br />(American Legion Monthly, 1934)German Veterans of the War
(American Legion Monthly, 1934)
The Versailles Treaty insisted that Germany must have no W.W. I veterans organizations or conventions of any kind; 18 years later the Nazi leadership in Germany thought that was all a bunch of blarney and so the War Veterans Associations was formed. This article tells about their first convention (July 30, 1934).

How Canada's Veterans are Fairing <br />(American Legion Weekly, 1921)How Canada's Veterans are Fairing
(American Legion Weekly, 1921)
"Second only to the part played by Canada on the battlefields of Europe is the magnificent spirit in which the dominion has dealt with the returned soldier and with the fallen soldier and his dependents. From the time the war ended to the present, Canada has led the rest of the world in looking after ex-service men."

"When the men of the Dominion returned from Europe they originally got three months' post-discharge pay at their discharge rank. On second thought this was changed early in 1919 to a war gratuity basis, as follows: For one year's overseas service or more, four months' pay and allowances; for three years' service or more, six months' pay and allowances. From these amounts deducted any sum paid out under the post-discharge system which had earlier prevailed. The men who had seen service in Canada only were not forgotten and received checks for one month's pay and allowances for each complete year of service in the army."

The Collapse of the European Aristocracy <br />(NY Times, 1919)The Collapse of the European Aristocracy
(NY Times, 1919)
"The three great military monarchies which have lately fallen to pieces - Russian, Austro-Hungarian and German - were all based upon an aristocracy of large landed properties, whereas the other European countries had become parliamentary and democratic states. Europe was thus divided between two political orders, founded on two social orders, in fact, into two different worlds between which the river Elbe was approximately the boundary..."

"The war proved a decisive test of the stability of the two social orders; the democratic states went through it without flinching, the monarchies which had which had engendered the war in the hope of strengthening their position have gone under; from their defeat has sprung the revolution, which is overthrowing all aristocracies."

Click here to read a 1916 VANITY FAIR article about how the war had affected the British upper class.

The Emergence of a New World Power <br />(The New Republic, 1922)The Emergence of a New World Power
(The New Republic, 1922)
Having studied the global power structure that came into place following the carnage of the First World War, British philosopher Bertrand Russel (1872 - 1970; Nobel Prize for Literature, 1950) was surprised to find that the most dominate nation left standing was not one of the European polities that had fought the war from start to finish - but rather the United States: a nation that had participated in only the last nineteen months of the war.
Over 15,000 Suicides in 1928 Germany <br />(Pathfinder Magazine, 1931)Over 15,000 Suicides in 1928 Germany
(Pathfinder Magazine, 1931)
A short notice compiled from figures collected at the end of 1928 showed that Germany was the all-time global-champion when it came to suicide:

"In that year 16,036 persons in Germany committed suicide. This is an average of 44 a day or 39 for each 100,000 persons in the country..."

Germany on the Eve of Hitler <br />(New Outlook Magazine, 1933)Germany on the Eve of Hitler
(New Outlook Magazine, 1933)
The first half of this article succinctly summarizes the German political experience that took place between 1919 through 1933; the second half anticipated a new, "stable" beginning for Germany. The German correspondent seemed not be bothered at all about their incoming chancellor.

A similar article can be read here...

The Shell-Shocked Millions <br />(American Legion Weekly, 1919)The Shell-Shocked Millions
(American Legion Weekly, 1919)
With the close of the war came the release of millions of combat veterans onto the streets of the world. Some of these veterans adjusted nicely to the post-war world - but many had a difficult time. Their maladjustment was called Shell Shock and it could manifest itself in any number of ways; in the attached article, written less than a year after the war, one anonymous American veteran explained his own personal encounter with the illness.

Click here to read a post-W.W. I poem about combat-related stress...

German Post-War Thinking <br />(American Legion Weekly, 1922)German Post-War Thinking
(American Legion Weekly, 1922)
"Thus any traveler in Germany feels that the future grows darker and darker for both Germany and Europe. There is no doubt that the German people have learned little from their war experiences and that it would require only a spark to set them off in another wild rush down through Europe behind Russian guns. It is a dismal prospect, and it is a terrible one, for it would mean, in the final analysis, the utter destruction of European civilization."
Touring The Trenches <br />(American Legion Weekly, 1921)Touring The Trenches
(American Legion Weekly, 1921)
Written in a playful spirit, an anonymous Doughboy tells the tale of his return to the old trench lines in order to conduct tours of the A.E.F. battlefields for that morbid class of souls we know call "death tourists".