Post of Command
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,
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 •
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