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Did the United States pay France rent for trenches?

May 29, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Military

There is a persistent but unfounded popular belief in the United States that the American government paid the French government a rental for the use of battle trenches during the First World War. On this subject the United States War Department says: “The rumors in regard to this matter have probably originated from the fact that this Government rented ground …

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Who were the Blue Devils?

May 1, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Military

The French soldiers belonging to the Chasseurs Alpins were called Blue Devils by the Germans during the First World War because of their dark blue uniforms and their dashing attacks in the fighting in the Vosges. Chasseur is derived from French chasser (“to hunt”). The Chasseurs in the French military service may consist of eight …

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What does U.S.S. mean in ship names?

April 18, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Military

U.S.S. preceding the names of vessels are the abbreviation of United States Ship. It is frequently but erroneously stated that the second S stands for Steamship or Steamer. But these letters were used in this connection before the days of steam-propelled vessels. They are used only with the names of vessels in the United States …

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What is a drumhead court-martial?

February 12, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Military

Any summary trial is now sometimes called a drumhead court-martial. Originally the name was given only to a summary and hasty court-martial called to try an offense committed on the battlefield or during a march. Most of the forms and ceremonies are dispensed with on such occasions; in other words, it is a kind of …

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