Hicks scrutinized the highly detailed map that appeared to show the locations where Allen served with the French Ambulance Corps, trying to find the German lines. The students had moved on to Norwich’s Archives & Special Collections, where they poured over maps, scrapbooks, military records and written accounts from all three people.
The men manned the guns with a coolness that was wonderful while around them enemy machine gun bullets sang their stinging whiplash song ...
~ Gustav Nelson
from a magazine article
“This is just an interesting map,” said Hicks. “I don't know if [Allen] made it, but I assume he did because his name is on it.”
Donley's students had already read extensive memoirs on all three people before sitting down to examine the documents. With the archivists’ help, they were able to dig up additional details about the subjects’ lives and facts about the way people lived in 1917. Students moved from table to table discussing dance cards, the present-day value of the $33 monthly paycheck of a typical soldier and a time when football games were allowed on Norwich’s Upper Parade Ground—unthinkable today.
Courtney Wagner was particularly struck by the penmanship.continue