U.S. troops wear gas masks and walk in trenches in France during World War I.
France Date:1918 Duration:2 min 29 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. 5th Marine 2nd Battalion with French Second Army at the Third Bourmont Training Area in France during World War I. U.S. troops in trenches with rifles with fixed bayonets in their hands. A thin covering of snow is on the ground and it appears to be lightly raining or snowing. The soldiers come out of a bunker with gas masks. Some soldiers are already wearing the gas masks and others are hastily putting them on as they emerge from a covered trench into an open trench. The soldiers walk in the trenches. A medical unit passes by in a trench with red cross armbands and one soldier carrying a folded up stretcher or litter. The troops move out of the bunker and stand near a cooking cart or kitchen cart with a boiler. They are handed large vats of hot water, soup or other liquid. Scene changes to an outdoor ceremony with many civilians present, including many women. A French soldier stands nearby as the civilians pull white ribbons from an evergreen tree that is covered by the decorative ribbons. An American Army soldier helps reach a ribbon high in the tree to hand to a civilian.
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