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25 Nov 2015
The “Gentlemen Volunteers” was a term coined for the men and women who served with the American Field Service during the First World War. Many of the Gentlemen Volunteers were recent Ivy League graduates. Some joined because they wanted to prove their manhood, but the US hadn’t joined the war. Others desired to do their part, but not be involved... READ MORE »
09 Nov 2015 in Gentlemen Volunteers
World War I was the stage of incredible advancements in battlefield medicine. There’s no better example than the M1917 ambulance. These iconic WWI ambulances were created by the Ford Motor Company, and were built from the Model T chassis. Its top speed was 45mph produced by a 4-cylinder, water-cooled engine. Due to the French ban on foreign nationals in the... READ MORE »
27 Oct 2015 in Gentlemen Volunteers
  • Stretchers on the fields during WWI
From a medical standpoint, World War I was a miserable and bloody affair. In less than a year the American armed forces suffered more than 318,000 casualties. When the United States entered the war in 1917, the army did not have an established medical corps. During the war, the army medical corps copied parts of the French and English medical... READ MORE »
26 Oct 2015 in Gentlemen Volunteers
As Pig Iron prepares its reprise of Gentlemen Volunteers, we'll share content about the stories and events that informed and inspired the production. The Red Cross played an important role during World War I. Prior to the First World War, the Red Cross introduced its first aid, water safety, and public health nursing programs. With the outbreak of war, the... READ MORE »