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George S. Robbins Papers

Identifier: SC 00743

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Scope and Contents

Two diaries kept by U.S. Army Regimental Sergeant Major George S. Robbins of the 26th Division of the American Expeditionary Force during his WWI service in France, 1918-1919. Robbins used French calendars to record his diary entries, which he did in irregular intervals. The entries begin February 7, 1918 and end April 5, 1919.

Typical entries describe daily duties and repeated orders to move equipment and office, as well as battles around Seicheprey and Apremont in April 1918 and Verdun in October 1918. Robbins reports on being bombed, bombarding the enemy, lives lost on both sides, and on prisoners. Other places mentioned are Braisne, Albmant, Junigny, Soissons (a motorcycle ride), Reynil, Toul, Boucq (where Elis Janis performed Vaudeville sketches), Meaux-Bagny, Villiers, Saacy, Nantevil, Souilly, Les Monthairons, Troyon, and Rue Meufchateau where President Woodrow Wilson visited, December 25, 1918.

Also included are two special orders, a copy of the 'Conditions of Armistice' from 1918, and two tickets to the Folie-Bergere, August 1918.


  • Creation: 1918-1919


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, December 2008. Accession 2009.028.

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