Panoramic view of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) First Division training area in Gondrecourt, France, during World War 1. American troops training during the summer of 1917. A contingent is seen in formation on a field. About ten officers walk through the ranks on inspection. A mounted officer reviews 1st Division infantry on parade, led by mounted officers followed by the division marching band. The troops march on a broad front of about 25, or more, abreast. The troops stand with rifles, in a large formation at order arms. They perform simultaneous rifle drill maneuvers including: present arms;order arms; right shoulder arms; left shoulder arms; inspection arms;left shoulder arms;right shoulder arms; inspection arms;
and order arms.
Troops of the 1st Division, American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) march by platoons at their training area at Gondrecourt, France, in the summer of 1917. Several officers on horseback accompany them and an army truck, as well.
First Division troops of the American Expeditionary Forces get acquainted with machine guns at their training area.Gondrecourt, France, during World War 1. Several soldiers set up in firing position with a Browning Model 1917A1 water-cooled machine gun. A soldier field strips a Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun and places its parts on a canvas spread out on the ground. He stands at attention when finished.
American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) fire machine guns at the First Division Training Camp, Gondrecourt-le-Chateau, Department Meuse,France, during World War 1. A French instructor coaches each American soldier as they fire French Chauchat C.S.R.G. Model 1915 light machine guns.Bullets pass through the targets and strike the embankment behind at the firing range.
American 26th Infantry troops do calisthenics (physical exercises.) at the Gondrecourt Training area of the First Division of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in France during World War 1.
Soldiers of the First Division, American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) dig trenches at their Gondrecourt training area,in France during World War 1. They use picks and shovels as instructors look on. They dig to considerable depth. Views of the trenches lined with woven twigs and sand bags. The troops are then seen driving posts and stringing barbed wire barricades. Views of finished dense barbed wire defenses. (WWI; WW1)