Indeed! Thanks for pointing me to this information.
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Yes the Infantry Weapons School did exist and should be created as its own entity.
The Corps Schools were under G-5 of AEF headquarters after August 1918, not the specific Crops. The I Corps Schools also had an Infantry School with a Infantry Weapons School.
page 404 starts the description of the III Corps Schools, and page 406-409 describe the Infantry Weapons School and its Sections Caution-https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015021511665;view=2up;seq=420 < Caution-https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015021511665;view=2up;seq=420 >
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On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 10:29 AM, Bert, Aaron P CIV USARMY AWC (US) <[log in to unmask] < Caution-mailto:[log in to unmask] > > wrote:
The item currently in hand is an instructional pamphlet titled Automatic Rifle Section. According to the title page, it was issued by "Infantry Weapons School, Third Corps Schools, American Expeditionary Forces." I was considering creating a heading along the lines of $a United States. $b Army. $b Corps, 3rd. $b Infantry Weapons School. However, after a bit of research and conversation I'm not sure such a heading is appropriate.
Background (as I understand it): Units in the AEF (WWI) were, by necessity, hastily assembled, and their make-up was primarily men with varying degrees of actual military training. The corps set up "schools" like the above-mentioned Infantry Weapons School to train the soldiers, but training was essentially done at the rear while there was fighting at the front. (For more information, see, for example: Caution-https://history.army.mil/html/books/024/24-1/CMH_Pub_24-1.PDF < Caution-https://history.army.mil/html/books/024/24-1/CMH_Pub_24-1.PDF > (pages 12-13).) I don't believe that there was an entity officially named the Infantry Weapons School affiliated with the 3rd Corps during World War I, but instead that it was more of a training course.
Does this make sense? Or would you consider this an entity worthy of its own heading? Is it an entity, or isn't it?
Aaron P Bert
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