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Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Front

 
 
The Front Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. The Front Marker
Inscription. The muddy roads, camouflaged trails and the maze of communication trenches ultimately brought Soldiers to the front line trench. These positions as laid out in the manuals were supposed to be dug deep with reinforced walls, a firing step, sand bagged lip, and floor board to keep a Soldier’s feet out of the mud. Often, due to shelling and the ebb and flow of the battlefield, these trenches were little more than muddy ditches. The zig-zag nature was intended to minimize the effects of artillery rounds and flying shrapnel. A normal tour of the front lasted about two weeks, with two weeks in the reserve line and then two weeks in the rear area which had to be out of reach of artillery.

My platoon was the last one of the company to enter the trench. We followed along a constantly curving and gradually deepening one for perhaps a mile before we came to the position we were to occupy. The trench at that point was on high ground and about seven feet deep in the middle. On each side was a dirt or board shelf on which to stand to fire one’s weapon. The trench curved in a zig-zag fashion, or bay, as they were called. The trench led forward to a cross trench where another platoon had taken position.
Private Donald D. Kyler
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location.

The Front, marker location image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. The Front, marker location
40° 12.383′ N, 77° 9.465′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on 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. No Man's Land (a few steps from this marker); The Mortar Pit (a few steps from this marker); Sniper's Nest (a few steps from this marker); Splinter Proof (a few steps from this marker); Post of Command (within shouting distance of this marker); Loyalty (within shouting distance of this marker); Aid Station (within shouting distance of this marker); A Tough Nut To Crack (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/WWI Trench System Exhibit.
 
Categories. War, World I
 
Along the front - Machine gun post, left; Sniper's nest, right image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Along the front - Machine gun post, left; Sniper's nest, right
Insert - On the front line image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
4. Insert - On the front line
Insert - Rules and regs image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
5. Insert - Rules and regs
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 122 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 11, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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