The 140th Goes to War (sort of)

May 28, 1918 – Full diary entry:

“Went to Rifle Range. Score 14 out of 40.

Dug trenches in a.m., short arm.

The 328th came over + the 140th drove them back with rocks + clubs.”


You think Robert was kidding about repelling a raid by the 328th? From Chaplain Edwards in From Doniphan to Verdun: The Official History of the 140th Infantry:

At Monchaux the First Battalion had some trouble with American troops quartered near them. The difference grew until finally there was a pitched battle in which stones and other missiles were freely used, and the casualties were many. The “Fearless First” advanced in regular formation, and with file closers and excellent liaison, driving back the invaders in great confusion. Our British friends were delighted with the manner in which the situation was handled, and the men of the battalion were unpleasantly self-satisfied for some time.


It should also be noted that History of Three Hundred and Twenty Eighth Regiment of Infantry: Eighty-Second Division, American Expeditionary Forces, United States Army makes no mention of this battle; undoubtedly this defeat was something the 328th would prefer to forget.

Come to think of it, Robert said back on May 26 that he had gone to visit the 328th. Perhaps he started the hostilities?


Where was Robert today? See the timeline.

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