Black and white stereoview of officers-in-training in a trench during a drill at Fort Snelling, ca. 1917.

Stereoview of rifle drill inside a trench

Stereoview of officers-in-training in a trench during a drill at Fort Snelling, ca. 1917.

Black and white stereoview of officers-in-training at Fort Snelling, ca. 1917.

Officers-in-training

Stereoview of officers-in-training at Fort Snelling, ca. 1917.

Black and white photograph of the administration building at Fort Snelling, ca. 1917.

Administration building at Fort Snelling

Administration building at Fort Snelling, ca. 1917.

Colorized postcard depicting rifle training, ca. 1917.

Rifle-training postcard

Postcard depicting rifle training, ca. 1917.

Black and white photograph of Officers’ training camp barracks at Fort Snelling, ca. 1917.

Officers’ training camp barracks at Fort Snelling

Officers’ training camp barracks at Fort Snelling, ca. 1917.

Black and white photograph of Captain L. W. Caffey, infantry instructor, at Fort Snelling, ca. 1917.

Captain L. W. Caffey, infantry instructor

Captain L. W. Caffey, infantry instructor, at Fort Snelling, ca. 1917.

Black and white photograph of cantonments at Fort Snelling, 1917.

Bird’s-eye view of cantonments at Fort Snelling

Bird’s-eye view of cantonments at Fort Snelling, 1917.

Black and white photograph of of cantonments at Fort Snelling, 1917.

View of cantonments at Fort Snelling

View of cantonments at Fort Snelling, 1917.

Black and white photograph of officers-in-training building a trench at Fort Snelling, 1917.

Officers-in-training build a trench at Fort Snelling

Officers-in-training build a trench at Fort Snelling, 1917.

Officers’ Training Camps At Fort Snelling, 1917

At camps held around the country during World War I, the U.S. Army quickly trained the officers it needed to grow from a small defensive force into one of millions, ready to step onto the world stage. Fort Snelling hosted two such camps in 1917: one between May 11 and August 15 and another between August 28 and November 27.

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