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Camp Dix, later renamed Fort Dix, in New Jersey’s pine barrens was one of the major deployment centers for soldiers from the United States heading for World War I (or “The Great War” or “The War to End All Wars” as they would have know it).

Last winter, I bought a picture set stamped “Fort Dix” that shows many of the various training exercises that soldiers would have been put through.  While I can’t tell if the photos are from Camp Dix itself (which is certainly  possible, the studio was in New York), the training depicted in the pictures had to be very similar.  They are a window on  an interesting slice of local and national history, and are pretty awesome to boot, so I thought I’d share before they get hung up on the wall of the house!

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“Souvenir folder of Camp Life – Camp Dix, N.J”


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“Over the top.”


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“We are ten million strong.”


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“Rapid fire guns in action.”


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“Training for the enemy.”


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“Throwing hand grenades”




 

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“Battery guns fording a stream.”

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“Motor Cycle gunner”

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“New type of army motor kitchen”

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“We know no fear.”

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“Cavalry training for war work.”

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“A fully equiped wireless station operated by U.S. troops.”

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“Crack artillery battery in action”

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