An illustrated article in Harper's Monthly Magazine for August 1918. The "cantonments," or training camps were for the most part hastily constructed to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding army.
A corporal reports to his commanding officer in this illustration while company clerks toil in the background and an officer approaches with more paperwork. Except for the tight collar uniforms and Smokey the Bear hats, it depicts a familiar scene on any army post at any time since then.
This illustration ran across two pages and unfortunately the inking was not the same on both sheets. It was titled, "A Friendly Invasion of the Sunny South," where this horse cavalry was in training.
"The Grim Visage of War Has Many Aspects" is the last page of the article. It looks to be infantry bayonet training, gas mask drill, and the firing of automatic weapons under the command of a nattily attired instructor.
This Harper's Monthly Magazine article concerns navy recruits and rates getting acquainted with each other while training. The Armistice which ended World War I was signed at 11 AM, 11 November 1918, the month the article appeared. While there may have been photos involved, the drawings look spontaneous, and that's what counts in sketches. Wright's sketches are among his very best work, in my opinion.
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