David J. Castleman letter to Mary Pride Jones, 11 August 1918
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[#]41 Address APO 708 c/o Col. Maxfield Augers August 11, 1918 My Dearest Love: Have just finished the first week here and have one more to go. The course is very interesting - all except the drilling. Some of the men have never been in camp before, having been on special technical duty all the time, and consequently it is a matter of going over the same thing over & over. It is all new to them however, and consequently we, who know the movements do all we can to help the others. An English Captain is the French instructor of the advanced class, and he is certainly good. He really talks French better than he does English. Unfortunately, tho, he is a busy man, & is unable to meet his class half the time. Spoken French seems suddenly to be becoming more & more ease. Am now able to catch the words much more