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Sight-Seeing at the Front <br />(Vanity Fair, 1918)Sight-Seeing at the Front
(Vanity Fair, 1918)
Written during the closing weeks of the war, this Vanity Fair article was penned by a rather sly, witty scribe who was astounded to find that those areas closest to the front, yet just outside the entrances to the reserve trenches, were jam-packed with all manner of civilian tourist groups (ie. The American Woman's Bouillon Cube Fund, The Overseas Committee of the New and Enlarged Encyclopedia, The National Mushroom Association of the United States); an exercise in creative writing? You tell us.
''Why I Live in Paris'' by a Former American Soldier <br />(American Legion Monthly, 1927)''Why I Live in Paris'' by a Former American Soldier
(American Legion Monthly, 1927)
This piece was penned by an anonymous expatriate, a former American soldier of the Great War who went into some detail comparing life in 1920s Paris to the life he knew in America, and he is quite funny about it. He described a Paris that Hemingway, Stein and Fitzgerald didn't talk about.

"Back in America I sincerely thought that my hometown had the worst telephone system in the world. This was a colossal error..."

Click here to read about the fall of Paris...

When The Doughboys Returned To France <br />(Home Sector, 1920)When The Doughboys Returned To France
(Home Sector, 1920)
"Despite its almost unanimous vows testified to by countless rounded phrases in trenches and billets, a good share of the A.E.F. is returning to France. It is almost chasing its own tail in the effort to get back, for it was only a few weeks ago that newspapers everywhere said that the last of the A.E.F. was home. And before the rear guard of the A.E.F. was aboard boats headed westward, the vanguard of the returning A.E.F. was pouring back into France through every port."

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".

A second article on trench tours of the Twenties can be read here

They Used to Call It the Front <br />(The Literary Digest, 1921)They Used to Call It the Front
(The Literary Digest, 1921)
"Old Dame Nature abhors war as much as we do. When the troops left the battlefields, she covered them over with stuble, poppies and weeds... There were no trenches and certainly no shell holes... Two years have passed and now the battlefields are harvest lands once more."

A similar article about touring the old trench line can be read here.