Vavincourt

October 6, 1918 – Full diary entry:

“Resumed march today, made 12 kilos.

Billeted 26 miles from line.”


Clair Kenamore describes the last few days following the 35th’s service in the Meuse-Argonne in From Vauquois Hill to Exermont:

From Cheppy, the Division marched south into the area lying generally north of Bar-le-Duc, where after a few days’ rest, they pushed on eastward across the Meuse, and took over the very quiet sector south of Verdun, called Sommedieue sector. 

It appeared at this time that they would go back in the heavy fighting again almost immediately, and the ordnance department was ordered to re-equip the men with all speed. This was done on the march and at each nightly stopping place. The wear and waste of battle had been such that 150 loads from three-ton trucks were necessary to do this. Among other things needed were 6000 steel helmets, which had been lost in the fight, a striking commentary on the fierceness of the conflict. Ordnance includes almost every thing the soldier carries about him and the machinery by which he attaches it to himself.

Charles B. Hoyt, in Heroes of the Argonne, covers what must have been a disappointing discovery as the 35th reached a “rest camp”:

From October 6 to 11 the Thirty-fifth Division remained near Vavincourt, resting from the strenuous days of Argonne fighting. The days were not without their drills, their policing, and all that is a part of the camp routine. The soldier had heard much of the rest camps, where men wined and dined after they had suffered heavy fighting. 

The rest camp, it was found, was another army chimera. Reveille, retreat, drill, and a repetition of all those things they had done over and over again for nearly a year and a half, was what greeted them daily. Vin rouge and bad beer they had, if that would be called wining; bully-beef and beans they had, if that could be called dining. The rest camp made the soldier long for the battle.

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