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"The second of a series of Regimental Schools of Fire began today… an especial study of the method of fire as in actual use on the Western Front by the French will be thoroughly taken up in the Regimental School of Fire." (Diary, page 10)

   Augustus Bennett Warfield
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Augustus Warfield in winter gear, Camp Sherman, Ohio [1918]
War: World War, 1914-1918; World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army; Army
Unit: 332nd Field Artillery Regiment, 83rd Division; 5th Field Artillery Regiment; 2nd Field Artillery Regiment; Quartermaster Corps
Service Location: Camp Sherman, Ohio; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Snelling, Minnesota; Fort Keogh, Montana; San Francisco, California; Vancouver Barracks, Washington; Philippines; France; Germany; also: Stockton, California; Columbus, Ohio
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel; Brigadier General
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Writing in the earliest days of 1918, Colonel Augustus Bennett Warfield’s journal describes the training and activities of his men, the 332nd Field Artillery Regiment, stationed at Camp Sherman, the third largest training camp for soldiers during WWI. Though it is constructed as a regimental history of sorts, and written in formal prose, the journal nonetheless lends insight into the individual experience of training camp life, thanks in part to the candid snapshots that illustrate the narrative. Warfield describes the freezing conditions--on one particularly chilly January day, it was eight degrees below zero--and hints at the supply shortages that no doubt made conditions even harder for his men. Within discussions of gas mask practice and regimental parades, the 332nd's inevitable departure for “Over There” is omnipresent. The journal ends abruptly in May 1918, when the regiment was shipped overseas.

 Diaries
»Typewritten diary with photographs of Warfield's experiences at Camp Sherman [1918]
 

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