Roads and Road Repair



Roads were typically not in a good enough condition for the traffic that they had to take, and Signal Corps photos well document the work that was done to bring them up to a higher standard.





Typical Argonne road.  The American advance necessitated the heaviest truck traffic for food and ammunition over these roads.  many had to be rebuilt and metaled while this traffic was at its height and while under German shell fire.  Bois SW Bouzon, 2 1/2 km southwest from Montblainville.





American engineers building corduroy road for supplying front line under indirect fire of enemy machine guns at Blemiercy.





German Plank Road





A detachment of the 107th Engineers, 32nd Div attached to the 5th Army Corps clearing off wire entanglement from field in order to make way for a road.  Cheppy Road near Vauquois mountain.  Oct 2, 1918 11:30am.






307th Engineers picking up dud hand grenades and shells from the mud on the road.   Vehicles running over the duds are liable to jog them into concussion.  Near Briquenay.






Co D, 544th Eng tearing down walls in Nantillois for road work.






Quarried showing Indo-Chinese at work breaking stone to be used for building roads at Hospital Camp, Mars sue Allier.






Indo-Chinese laborers loading the trucks with broken stone taken from the quarries.  mars sur Allier.






First Engineers, First Division, quarrying rock for a military roads, destroyed by German shells, Menil-la-Tour.






American engineers quarrying stone to repair military roads destroyed by German shells, Menil-la-Tour.





Quarry for road material.  Department of Light Railways and Roads.  Royoumouix, France.






Cpt JA Killian, Commanding Co E, 28th Engineers.  American engineers getting rock from a French quarry for French road using American engineering equipment.  Ingersoll Rand Steam Drill; Farquar Steam Engine made at York, PA, Western Rock Crusher, made by Western Wheel Scrapper Co. Aurora, IL, USA.  Near Diolard, France.






Cpt JA Killian, Commanding Co E, 28th Engineers.  American engineers getting rock from a French quarry for French road using American engineering equipment.  Ingersoll Rand Steam Drill; Farquar Steam Engine made at York, PA, Western Rock Crusher, made by Western Wheel Scrapper Co. Aurora, IL, USA.  Near Diolard, France.





View of the stone crusher used by the 23rd Eng.  The stones are crushed and used to rebuild the roads.  Avocourt.  Oct 30, 1918.





Stones for road repairs, British Western Front.





Rock crushed by the German.  Pile is half a mile long and is 25 feet wide by 20 feet high; used by the Americans for road work and repairing railroad beds.  Top of Mt two miles south of Heudicourt on road to St Mihiel.






French soldiers laying stone for the base of a new railroad in the Meuse district, which will connect the supply depot with the front line trenches.  This work was afterwards taken over by American Engineers with German prisoners doing the manual labor.





508th Engineers, Co C, building roads, Menil-la-Tour, March 14, 1918





Three members of Co C, 508th Engineers, Menil-la-Tour





1st Engineers, draining and repairing road under shell fire, near Broyes, May 2, 1918.






1st Engineers draining and repairing road unders hell fire, near Broyes.






American engineers repairing street in city of St Nazaire.






American engineers repairing street in city of St Nazaire.






Members of Co C, 23rd Engineers unloading stone from truck.  Camp de Gerard Sas, June 6, 1918






Members of Co C, 23rd Engineers spreading stone over road.  Camp de Gerard Sas.





Members of Co C, 23rd Engineers, unloading two carloads of stone.  Camp de Gerard Sas.






Members of Co D, 30th Engineers, clearing road of devris in Torcy.  Ruined church in background.






Headquarters Troop, 26th Division, making passage way for trucks.  Lucy, France.  July 20, 1918.






Members of 23rd Regiment Engineers repairing roads at Aviation Field #8, Issoudon, France, May 29, 1918.






Building a road behind a camoflaged screen.  Department of Light Railways and Roads.  Raulecourt, France.






Gasoline road roller behind camoflaged screen. Department of Light Railways and Roads.  Raulecourt.






Steam road roller, Pvt McCarthy, Co C, 23rd Engineers, in foreground.  Department of Light Railways and Roads.  Pond D'Esse.





Members of 101st Engineers, 26th Division, building road.  Raulecourt.






Members of 101st Engineers, 26th Division, building roads and crushing with steam roller.  Raulecourt.






Auto and steam roller used in road building.  Mars-sur-Allier Hospital.






Supply train of the 12th Engineers loaded with material for the construction of a new road at Roharrey.  Between Baccarat and Azerailles.







308th Engineers widening, ballasting and underdraining the roads.  Near Roucq.






308th Engineers widening, ballasting and underdraining the roads.  Near Roucq.





A group of American soldiers working on the road near Sergy, France.  Cpt EK Miller 1st Pioneer Inf and Lt CR Bliss 308th Engineers.






Showing how the small stones are wheeled onto the road with wheelbarrows.  Cpt Ed. K Miller 1st Pioneer Infantry and Lt CR Bliss 308th Engineers are shown in this picture.  Sergey, France.






Making a two way road out of a one way road.  Cpt EK Miller and two of his assistants, Lts JJ Hall and PW Mengel.  The work at this point was started under great dificulties and was subjected to almost continual shelling and aerial bombing by the Germans.  Sergy, France.






Members of the 315th Engineere assisted by men of the 357th and 358th Inf under the direction of Lt LJ Burke, building a road over what was No Man's Land a week before.  The stones from tottering walls of buildings is broken into smaller pieces and laid on the road bed making a good military road.  Fay en Haye.







Members of the 315th Engineers assisted by men of the 357th and 358th Inf under the direction of Lt LJ Burke, building a road over what was No Man's Land a week before.  The stones from tottering walls of buildings is broken into smaller pieces and laid on the road bed making a good military road.  Fay en Haye.






Men of Co C 1st Engineers who went over the top at Mont Sec repairing shell holes made by American Artillery.  Mont Sec.






Members of the 315th Engineere assisted by men of the 357th and 358th Inf under the direction of Lt LJ Burke, building a road over what was No Man's Land a week before.  The stones from tottering walls of buildings is broken into smaller pieces and laid on the road bed making a good military road.  Fay en Haye.






Members of the 315th Engineere assisted by men of the 357th and 358th Inf under the direction of Lt LJ Burke, building a road over what was No Man's Land a week before.  The stones from tottering walls of buildings is broken into smaller pieces and laid on the road bed making a good military road.  Fay en Haye.






Artillery volunteers doing engineer road repairing.  109th Field Artillery, 28th Division.  Region of Boureuilles.






Members of 101st Regt Engineers, 26th Division, Commanded by Cpt EM Brush, filling in shell hole on road made by American Artillery in the advance of Sept 13, 1918.  Some of these shell holes are 20 feet deep and 20 feet wide.  near St Remy.





View of road constructed in three days by the engineers through the German trenches.  The stone was taken from the old buildings in Flirey.  Through this valley the germans retreated 25 kilos in 27 hours.  Near Flirey.






Men of Co F, 14th Engineers under 1st Lt JO Taber aiding traffic at a RR crossing by placing boards along the railroad.  Aubrecille Avincourt.  Sept 30, 1918, 2:40pm.





Engineers repairing road which was blown up by the Germans in their retreat.  Co H, 104th Eng, 83rd and 29th Divisions.  Cote de Roche near Samogneux.






US tractor #4, hauling rock wagons during the construction of roads near Beaumont.  23rd Eng.  Mandres.







Engineers of the 1st Division at work over the Aire River, Fleville.





802nd Pioneer Inf breaking stone to build roads so that guns can be brought up to be placed in position.  Cheppy.






A road to the front being repaired by the 1st Australian Tunnel Co. just east of Ronssoy.  This road is shelled night and day but is kept in repair for the purpose of bringing up supplies for the Australian and American troops.






German prisoners building new road connecting Chateauroux and Montierchaume.





304th Engineers, 79th Div using rock from ruined town of Reigneville, to rebuild roads.





10 American roller, used by 23rd Eng on surface road work.  Near Bernecourt.





Top surface of old and new road, showing traffic open and road being regained.  Near Bernecourt.






Brush gang.  Near Bernecourt.






Lying top surface 200 yds crushed stone called "Binder".  Natural cement.  530th Eng, 2nd Army.  near Bernecourt.






Sgt P Jackson Co C, 508th Eng, in charge of men sorting different grades of stone for various kinds of road repair work.  Woinville.






806th Eng, Co F, repairing roads.  Showing methods of widening narrow roads of France.  Woinville.





Mack truck unloading rock during repairing of roads.  Co B, 23rd Engineers.  Near Pagney.






304th Eng, 79th Div, using rock from ruined town of Reigneville, to rebuild roads.







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