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WORLD WAR I
Through the Lens of one Private's Camera
Private John Ernest Schroeder
In 1917, when the United States joined the War, one John Ernst Schroeder enlisted late in 1917. He had an idea to make a little money at the same time he fought for his country. He purchased a camera and took it with him, with the idea of taking orders for some of the pictures he would take from his comrades. When they returned to the States, he would fill the orders and sen them their pictures. When Dr. J. E. Schroeder died in 1977, we found several sets of photographic prints and the negatives in his old WWI Kit Bag. I guess some people didn't follow through on their order? Any way, there were 4 sets of prints. One set went to his son, Rev. Victor J. Schroeder in a Scrap book, one set went to the Military Historical Museum in Pennsylvania (I believe) and I ended up with 2 sets. It is these pictures that make up the bulk of this web site.
Although the censors did not allow him to take pictures of the actual fighting, there are many pictures depicting the comradery developed in a military unit, the daily life of a soldier, the scenery of France and Germany in 1918 and 1919, and the daily life of the German people in Southwestern Germany.
Take some time and travel back over 80 years to a time and way of life much different than we know today.
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
JOHN ERNST SCHROEDER ENLISTS IN THE ARMY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1917
TRAINING AT CAMP FUNSTON, KANSAS UNTIL MAY, 1918.(89TH DIV, 354TH INF., MEDICAL CORPS)
HOME ON LEAVE IN APRIL OF 1918
AT CAMP MILLS, LONG ISLAND, N.Y. TO JUNE 4, 1918
OFF TO ENGLAND VIA MONTREAL & HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
IN ENGLAND JUNE 23, 1918
IN FRANCE JULY 26, 1918
1ST BAPTISM OF FIRE, AUG 7-8, SUBJECTED TO CONSTANT GAS BOMBARDMENT
AUG , NOV 1918 HE WAS IN CHATEAU-THIERRY, ST. MIHIEL, AND THE
MEUSE-ARGONNE FOREST OFFENSIVES.
(AFTER 11/11/1918 PART OF THE ARMY OF OCCUPATION. DUTIES TO BURY THE DEAD)
DEC,1, 1918, IN VIRTON, LUX,
DEC. 5, 1918 IN BERDORF, LUX.
DEC, l2, 1918, IN BALSFELD, GERMANY
DEC. 15, 1918, IN PRUM, GER, Ist TIME ON A BED SINCE U,S,A.
CHRISTMAS, 1918, IN WAXWILER & ARZFELD GERMANY
JAN. 12-21, 1919 IN NEUERBURG, GERI\IIANY
FEB. 22-MAY 8, 1919, IN TRIER, GERMANY
VISITED COBLINZ ON APRIL 8 & 9, 1919
MOVED TO BREST FRANCE AND REMAINED THERE FROM MAY 11-15, 1919
AT SEA FROM MAY 15-22, 1919 ON THE IMPERATOR
TO CAMP UPTON, NY.TO MAY 27, 1919
ARRIVED IN ST. LOUIS MAY 30, 1919
PRE WAR INFO
CAMP FUNSTON, KS
CAMP MILLS, LI & LAKE ERIE
ST. MIHIEL, FRANCE
FROM TRIER, GERMANY,
EVERYDAY GERMAN LIFE
THE BOYS GO
HIS POST WAR LIFE
PRE WAR INFO
ST. MIHIEL, FR
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