Beth’s Treasure Part III

World War I postcard
With the description written in both English and French, this shows the site of one of the most devastating battles of the war for the French army, with more than 40,000 French casualties in a single day.

World War I postcard
The site of the hotel in the French town of Chateau Thierry, showing the fountains and ruins. Because he was stationed in hospitals, George did not see any battles first hand, although he did visit Chateau Thierry and wrote, “It would take too much paper and energy to tell you about my trip, but will rattle it off to you when I am home.”

World War I postcard
The devastation at Chateau Thierry was a stark contrast to the luxurious surroundings of the hospital George worked at in Paignton.

World War I postcard
Not all US casualties died in battle. These are the graves near Chateau Thierry of American soldiers who died in the influenza pandemic that occurred just after the end of the war.

World War I postcard
A Salvation Army canteen where doughnuts were distributed to hungry soldiers at the front in France. According to some sources, the term “doughboy” comes from the word “doughnut.”

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