[N.p., likely Camp Funston, Ks. ca. 1918]. 44pp. Original gray printed wrappers. Minor edge wear, some adhesive remnants and small abrasions on rear wrapper, likely resulting from removal from a scrapbook, previous owner's signature on front wrapper, "W.E. Howard." Soft vertical crease throughout. Very good. Item #3308
A pocket-sized book of regulations governing the movement of the 806th Pioneer Infantry unit, a prominent regiment composed of African American soldiers during World War I. The work was likely produced at the headquarters of the 806th Pioneer, at Camp Funston in Kansas. The 806th Pioneer Infantry was a segregated unit during the war composed mainly of Black recruits from Kansas, Missouri, and other areas of the Great Plains. The unit deployed to France in the waning months of the First World War, participating in some of last bloody conflicts with the German Army. Among other duties, the unit built an armory in the Belville/Metz region of France during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. The present work begins with an introductory letter dated from Camp Funston on August 10, 1918, and counsels secrecy for the unit's imminent move to Europe. The regulations stipulate rules for baggage, movement of troop trains, discipline, and much more. The signature on the front wrapper reading, W.E. Howard, and the soft vertical fold to the pamphlet both indicate this work was likely carried by an officer or enlisted man with the 806th. No copies listed in OCLC.