Benjamin H. Courtney World War I Diary Vertical File Manuscript | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
One pocket military diary, 2.75 x 5.25 inches, approximately 40 pp., mostly one-line entries, also multiple days skipped with notes such as "will pass on until some thing come up to write." Begins October 3, 1917 and ends August 1, 1918. Trained in Washington, D. C., from October 11 to November 11, 1917; embarked for France November 12; arrived at St. Nazaire, November 26. Based in the area Granges-Gerardmer, southeast of Nancy. Describes a dogfight between French and German planes ending with the German pilot killed and another taken prisoner. Alludes briefly to relationships with local French women.
Also, six 2 x 4 inch snapshots including two inside a French canteen at Gerardmer, two of Americans posing with gas masks, one of a baseball game between two American units near Bruyeres, and one of Americans posing with a large shell.