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Post of Command

 
 
Post of Command Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. Post of Command Marker
Inscription. Underground rooms called dugouts were used for a variety of purposes from storing supplies, housing troops and communication centers near the front line. Many were built deep underground using heavy timbers and corrugated iron and were often reinforced with steel rail and concrete in order to withstand heavy artillery bombardments.

The Post of Command (PC) served as the advance headquarters for accompany or a platoon on the frontline. Often place in a dugout with sleeping quarters for company staff, the PC served as a front line office and communications center.

My platoon was in the company support position. Slightly to our rear was a large dugout where our company command post was located. It was connected by telephones to all our platoon command posts and to the battalion command post. At several places along out trench there were narrow tunnels leading downward into the earth to our sleeping places. To enter, one had to stoop and descend into a dark, damp, smelly hole. When enough depth had been reached the tunnel was widened and became level. Short cross tunnels led off of it. One could sleep if he was tired enough. The whole place was infested with rats, body lice and bed bugs. At the far end of the tunnel was a shaft and ladder to escape by in case the entrance was cave in by shellfire. Near the entrance of the dugout,

Post of Command entrance image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Post of Command entrance
and in the opposite direction, a spur trench lead to a trench latrine.
Notes from the History of the Fifth Division, A.E.F.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.383′ N, 77° 9.484′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Splinter Proof (here, next to this marker); The Mortar Pit (a few steps from this marker); Sniper's Nest (a few steps from this marker); No Man's Land (a few steps from this marker); The Trenches (within shouting distance of this marker); Meet Private Donald D. Kyler (within shouting distance of this marker); The Front (within shouting distance of this marker); Aid Station (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
More about this marker. Part of the Meet Pvt. Kyler/World War I Trench System Exhibit.
 
Categories. War, World I
 
Insert - Inside the CP image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - Inside the CP
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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