June 2008

The 96Th Company at Bouresches

Volume 91, Issue 6


R. R. Keene

"There is nothing but U.S. Marines in the town of Bouresches."

-BG James Harbord, USA

CG, 4th Marine Brigade

13 June 1918

The Marines of the 96th Company were taking full advantage of a rare opportunity to "crap out" in the late afternoon sunshine. They were tired after five days of little sleep and even less food. Their sudden, unexpected move had outstripped the field kitchens, and they had been forced to forage for whatever they could find in abandoned French houses-most of which already had been looted by the retreating French army.

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