[Photo Album]: World War I. Fort Leavenworth Company B, 7th Engineers. United States Army Command and General Staff College

Kansas: [circa 1917].

Price: $2,200.00

Hardcover. Oblong small quarto. Measuring 11” x 8”. String-tied black cloth over flexible paper boards with “Photographs” stamped in gilt on the front board. Contains 104 black and white or sepia toned gelatin silver photographs measuring between 2¾” x 3¾” and 5” x 7”, with captions. Very good album with tape marks on the front board, rubbing, and worn edges with near fine photographs.

An album compiled by Arthur Holbrook while attending the U.S Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; he eventually served with Signal Corps Company B, 7th Engineers during World War I. A poem entitled “The American Slacker” leads off the album, noting “at the call of President Wilson, the bravest men all flew.” The images that follow show trenches, barracks, and the wireless outfit all prepared for the American Expeditionary Forces training. The soldiers are seen on hikes, erecting tents, using the field oven, using horse-drawn wagons carrying the “field wireless,” and at the service school. Photos inside of the “trenches” show fortified walls made from branches and sandbags, as well as the defensive “wire entanglements” and a “hospital in trench” for injured soldiers. Holbrook also photographed the actual hospital ward, the kitchen of Company B, and captured views of Missouri as seen across the river. The camp was also used partially to house POWs with numerous photos showing prisoners marching through a field, drilling on the grounds, and taking part in a prisoners’ band. The final pages show large photos of the barracks themselves including a “bird’s eye view” of the fort, the Y.M.C.A., the guard house, the parade ground, the city of Leavenworth, and the officer’s residences.

Fort Leavenworth and the “War College,” as it was dubbed, was used in World War I for testing the techniques taught in the institution which was founded in 1881. The graduates of the college became important members of the A.E.F. and according to historian John W. Partin, they “excelled in planning complex operations and by the end of the war, they dominated staffs throughout the A.E.F.”

An interesting and reasonably comprehensive look at military education in wartime, along with an insight into German POWs.


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[Photo Album]: World War I. Fort Leavenworth Company B, 7th Engineers. United States Army Command and General Staff College. Arthur HOLBROOK.