Neither Rain, nor Sleet, nor Barbed Wire

July 8, 1918 – Full diary entry:

“There is nothing of interest here.

I must write to Elinore twice a week from now on. If I wrote today she will get about Aug 8.”


Getting mail to and from the front lines – or even the rear – took an amazing amount of coordination and it’s no wonder Robert planned on it taking a month. More than 50 million pieces of mail went back and forth across the Atlantic during the first year the U.S. had men overseas, and this first far-off war prompted the creation of the Army Post Office [APO], which made it possible for mail to be sent to a soldier’s unit without needing to know a specific location.

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Where was Robert today? See the timeline.

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