Wednesday, February 2, 2011
TWO POTTSVILLE BOYS SERVE AS OFFICERS IN THE FRENCH ARMY WW1
FRENCH OFFICERS UNIFORM WW1
This is an interesting story about two boys from Pottsville who were serving in the French Army during the World War 1
TWO LOCAL BOYS IN FRENCH ARMY
Pottsville Republican June 22, 1918
During the past few days the Republican has been frequently asked for some information regarding Augustus. A. Allenbach and Stephen Kroll, both boys of town, who are serving as officers in the French army. They have been in service over there for a couple of years past and up to within about ten months ago there were regular messages from them. Since the real big German attacks and lengthily drives they have been kept busy to write often but manage once in a while to write to their relatives and dearest friends. There have been many rumors about that they were dead, but all these rumors now vanish with the receipt of communications from both of them this week.
Allenbach has been serving in France and has been in charge of a command of men trying to hold back the German drive in his section. He has had his hands full and in two or three days out of the trenches he has succeeded in writing his folks at home, stating that he is all right. He had been in the hospital for a time but is fully recovered and now in active service again.
Kroll is back in active service again after having been in Belgium for a period of a few months attending a special military school and after graduation was sent back to the front, this time in a higher capacity. Kroll has seen service in many of the German attacks and he to writes home that he is well.
The fact that they are in the French Army keeps down a great deal of information that could come through if they were in the American Army. The friends of both have been so anxious about them and will be glad to hear that they have successfully come out of every battle and were still living on June 3rd.
Allenbach initially enlisted in the French Army as a Ambulance driver in Ambulance Company 20 6th san train.