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World War I: Armies, Regiments, Units, etc.

Resources for history and genealogy

Unit and Organizational Records

If you know a veteran’s regiment and the combat division it was attached to, you may find descriptions of the unit's activities.

Some of these specialized records are only available on-site at the appropriate research facility.

Armies

Unit Histories

Shoulder insignia or patch. Third Division. Military Rootsweb. The white stripes represent the Division's 3 major operations: Marne, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne

Newspapers

Newspaper Articles: Searching in NYT Historical Database

Useful searches include:

Casualty lists, Army Orders, names of divisions, squadrons or units, names of battles, names of people. Look for persons with first names first and the reverse.

Examples:

  • 147th aero squadron
  • "quick t.c."
  • William J. Sargeant
  • Army Orders AND camp benning

Article on 147th aero squadron.

Major Sources

History of the 147th Aero Squadron, from Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service, 1917-1919. National Archives microfilm M990

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