Making History: Transcribe is made possible in part by federal funding provided through the Library Services and Technology Act program administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

"The Song of the Seventy-Five"

image 4 of 9

Zoom in to read each word clearly.
Some images may have writing in several directions. To rotate an image, hold down shift-Alt and use your mouse to spin the image so it is readable.

This transcription is complete!

[drawing with notation] "The Pirate Gun" Roger McElhone Smith 2d Lt. 304 F.A. A.E.F. The "PIRATE PIECE" a "75" hornet "When a gun was detached from its regular battery position and sent forward alone to execute special fire, it was called a PIRATE PIECE". Risky work - because usually these guns were hauled out and fired in the open, without the protection of camouflage. The game was to do as much damage as possible, besides confusing the enemy as to our real battery locations - and yet get back, after a busy day, without getting hit. (Copyright 1919 By Snead & Co.)