"Where the Houses Have No Roofs and the German Helmets are Lying on the Ground"

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"Where the Houses Have No Roofs and the German Helmets are Lying on the Ground"

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | August 8, 2018


In this letter home to her parents, Marion Backus tells of the new place she is heading to in France. She describes it as the place where the homes have no roofs and where the German helmets are lying around everywhere on the ground. She also writes about her excitement to work/give aid to patients that she can talk to and understand what they want. Backus is following the front and is able to give aid to wounded American soldiers.

 
 


Aug 8- 1918
Dear Folks
We are traveling again today always on the move. We are going up where the houses have no roofs and where the german helmets are lying around on the ground we expect to camp in a barnyard […] We will live in tents and be among Americans only it is going to such [sic] a relief to not have to work with people that you can't talk to or know what they want. [...]
Love to all,
Marion

Citation: Marion Backus Papers. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. P1356