What is a Thür, and why should you care?
Well you probably shouldn’t. One of my goals for this trip to Europe is touching base with my Grandfather’s participation in The Great War, World War I.
After the Armistice, the “draftee” portions of the US Army, The National Army and the National Guard were sent home. The Regular Army divisions were sent to the Rhineland, along with the other Allies to occupy it. My Grandfather had joined the Army before the war and was a member of the 76th Field Artillery Regiment (a fact dug up by my brother Jim), 3rd Infantry Division. Sometime after the Republicans refused to ratify the Treaty of Versailles, the American occupiers were brought home. By then, the parades were over.
During his time in Germany, he was apparently stationed in Thür. I can’t imagine this excited anybody in the 3rd Infantry Division Artillery. Thür is a sleepy rural town, devoid of much of anything to do, even by 1919 standards. I’m sure the Officers put the Gasthouse off limits.
The people who live there loved it, but it wasn’t home for the Americans. I’m certain everyone was quite happy to be relieved from that post, including the Germans, ending Mr. Wilson’s excellent adventure.