Original U.S. WWI Named 37th Infantry 136th Field Artillery Grouping with Memoir - Pvt Frank Brockell
Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. This is a very scarce authentic WWI collection from Private Frank D'Wayne Brockell who served in 136th Field Artillery Regiment Battery F. Included in this exceptional set are the following:
Tunic approximately size 38 with correct 37th Infantry Division Buckeye Division shoulder patch.
Garrison overseas cap with red artillery piping and Lieutenant bar.
Wool Putties (leg wraps)
Canvas and leather leg gaiters.
An amazing 56 page personal memoir written by Brokcell about his experiences in World War One.
20 page binder of period photos, news clippings, post cards, art, letters, forms, etc..
Here is an excerpt from his memoir:
In another instance battery E had to abandon their guns and seek shelter, damaging one gun so badly as to render it useless. Our good fortune was miraculous, for around the place whee our guns had stood are great shell holes-made by the explosion of the enemy shells. Trees were snapped like kindling, and those that with-stood the terrific blasts are pock-marked from the impact of shell fragments. A concrete dugout nearby was partly wrecked- most certainly it was the Hand of our great Maker, the guarder o'er us in those days of Hell on earth.
The 37th Infantry Division was a unit of the United States Army in World War I and World War II. It was a National Guard division from Ohio, nicknamed the "Buckeye Division". Today, its lineage is continued through the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, with battalions from both Ohio and Michigan.
It was initially activated as the 16th Division, a National Guard formation from Ohio and West Virginia in 1913. It was federally activated in August 1917 as a National Guard Division from Ohio. It was sent overseas in June 1918 and fought at the Meuse-Argonne and at Ypres-Lys. The division consisted of the 145th Infantry, 146th Infantry, 147th Infantry, and 148th Infantry Regiments. The 134th, 135th and 136th Machine-gun Battalions, the 134th, 135th, and 136th Field Artillery Regiments, and the 112th Trench Mortar Battalion. It also included the 112th Engineer Regiment, and 112th Signal Battalion.
Casualties: Total: 5,387
62nd Brigade, Field Artillery - Brigadier General
134th Field Artillery Regiment
135th Field Artillery Regiment
136th Field Artillery Regiment
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