September 1, 1918 – Full diary entry:
“Got relieved early this a.m. Only a few gas shell were thrown at us.
Got my feet blistered pretty bad on the march to Oderen.”
I bet quite a few of them had blisters after a month in the wet, muddy trenches. Here’s that hike, although they definitely didn’t take a direct route like this. The most likely walking routes, avoiding the highest mountain peaks, are around 15km.
Chaplain Edwards in, From Doniphan to Verdun, explains the schedule of how the 140th was pulled out of the line:
The First Battalion left August 31st, to be followed by the remainder of the regiment on September 2nd, being relieved by the French and a part of the Sixth Division Regulars.
Charles Hoyt, in Heroes of the Argonne:
Where was Robert today? See the timeline.