The Yankee Division again

Portraits of War has this tribute to a lieutenant in the 103rd Machine Gun Battalion with a surprising little anecdote involving him:


American prisoners of war receive bread.

Either the little guy in the front (missing cap, unit unknown) is delighted to have the bread, or pleased to have his picture taken — see Portraits of War’s post — or just has the sun in his eyes, we are unable to discern.

The Yankee Division’s 104th Infantry Regiment remembered

From blogger Soldiers’ Mail:

Apremont Park in Westfield, Mass., memorializes the sacrifice of the 104th Infantry Regiment during the Great War. The regiment received the Croix du Guerre after its performance in the Battle of Apremont.

The regimental citation read:  “For greatest fighting spirit and self-sacrifice during action of April10, 12 and 13, 1918.  Suffering from heavy bombardments, and attack by very strong German Forces, the regiment succeeded in preventing their dangerous advance, and with greatest energy reconquered, at the point of bayonet, the few ruined trenches which had to be abandoned at the first onset, at the same time making prisoners.”

Photo gallery of the memorial park here:


Here’s a link to Portraits of War’s photo of a soldier of the 104th Infantry, with a description of the battle.