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marv
11-08-2011, 12:47 AM
Armistice Day, now called Veteran's Day, although today perhaps too many childeren simply know it as a holiday.

The November 11, 1918 entries from my Dad's diary...

November 11, 1918:
Officially Reported that it is over Btry F. Fireing her Last Shots. the Barrage Started at 8:42 a.m. and Lasted 15 min. then the Front was quite only a small artillery duel. then at 10:45 the artillery all around us Lights and Heavies struck up a terrific Barrage which Lasted 5 min. then one shot per gun per min which Lasted till 10:58 then the Last 2 min was spent the gunners feeding the guns as fast as could B. E. Cruzan

the final barrageNovember 11, 1918 (cont'd):
During a 15 min concentration the Batteries fired as follows

F. 423 Rounds
E. 378 " "
D. 225 " "

During a 50 Sec period from 10:59 to 10:59:50 Btry F. fired as follows

1st Gun 15 Rounds
2 " " 16 " "
3 " " 18 " "
4 " " 19 " "

11:00 Cease fireing War ended it's hard to believe

November 11, 1918 (cont'd):
well I stayed at the guns until 3:00 p.m. we were Relived and we came back to the Echelon a Little tired But Happy OH, Boy What a Grand and Glorious feeling. therer has not been a Shot fired only by some yank. who with his 45 Colts Celebration Glad why words cant express it Back across the Seas to Home Sweet Home. Now the question is where do we go from here, I hope we go Home time 8:00 p.m.
Edgar

November 11, 1918 (cont'd):
Well now I Guess I am safe to say that the war is over and the only thing Lacking is Signing the peace terms. I am glad to have taken a part in this World War I have spent 1 year and 1 day either in the training camps or on the Route over here and I have spent 53 days on the front. 53 days of actual service on the fireing Linethat aint Long but I Can say that I have saw service on the Battle Line.
Edgar

November 11, 1918 (cont'd):
one thing more I have not had a real hard time but I have had it in the Eye of a artilleryman. but we cant say that the artilleryman and the Infantryman has the same hardships we had it Easy to what they have it. Only a few days ago I saw 2 Doughboys get Killed by a Shell too bad and they came so near Liveing thru it
B. E. C.

The full diary with photos and other images are online at Kansas University (http://www.kancoll.org/articles/cruzan/c_credits.htm).

CueSi
11-08-2011, 12:51 AM
This is good stuff, Marv. I mean, stuff like source material for WWI in HD good. :)

I appreciate your father's service and the time you and he took in preserving the record of his time in country.

:Taps4:

~QC

RobJohnson
11-08-2011, 01:01 AM
This is good stuff, Marv. I mean, stuff like source material for WWI in HD good. :)

I appreciate your father's service and the time you and he took in preserving the record of his time in country.

:Taps4:

~QC

I agree!

noonwitch
11-08-2011, 09:51 AM
That's way cool, Marv.


WWI doesn't get much attention in high school history classes. It's like the War of 1812 in that regard.

fettpett
11-08-2011, 11:53 AM
I always call it Armistice Day :D make people think

great post :D

RobJohnson
11-09-2011, 12:38 AM
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