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First Division War Diary Entry
December 8, 1917 [Gondrecourt], France
. . . 2. Shortage in forage still continues. Shortage in leggins, winter gloves or mittens, and shoes exists. Owing to hard work, continuous muddy roads and necessity for wearing very heavy socks (generally 2 pairs, one light and one heavy) the men require larger sizes in shoes than was found necessary in the warmer and drier climate where our troops usually operated before the war. Apparently, as a result of this change, it has been found impossible to secure a sufficient number of shoes of the sizes between 8_ and 12. The wearing of tight shoes has resulted in a number of men developing sore feet during the recent open warfare maneuvers. Many men only have one pair of shoes at the present time.
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (RG 120), Records of General Headquarters (GHQ), War Diaries, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Diary entry signed.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p.128.