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Diary of David Eichel, 1917

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men (caps. & lieuts.) came to our barracks. As usual, with no intent at disrespect, none of us arose. The Gen. then asked us to step to the rear of the room. He then indignantly informed us that our etiquette was very poor, in fact disrespectful. But of course, such is not the case. He warned us that he had the power to punish us for it if he so chose, but his attitude to me at least appeared that such was not his intention. He then informed us that this was the last time we were to be consulted in reference to accepting non-com. service. He called each man individually and asked him whether he wanted service in any branch (he had previously

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