CHAPTER 25
OUR BATTLE TO SECURE THE 1916 HARVEST IN THE NORTH OF FRANCE

The battles we fought over the 1916 harvest so aptly portray the sidelights on the war and the problems with which we had to contend that I document them at great length lest the narrative be otherwise unbelievable.

Late in February, 1916, the C.R.B. had secured some minor concessions from the German General Staff. On February 19, it was agreed that the German contribution to the flour ration should be based on 125 grams of wheat, in effect a small increase because of high milling, and that the Germans should ship potatoes from Germany in order to maintain the daily ration of 200 grams. On February 21, they agreed to supply garden seeds and promised that there would be no requisitioning of garden produce. On February 25, they consented to furnish the population with all ground-crop seeds for the harvest of 1916. At this time the General Staff also declared their intention to requisition all crops from the 1916 harvest but promised that negotiations with us concerning its disposition would be taken up before the harvest.

In March, the French Government began insisting to Chevrillon that the 1916 harvest should be put on the same basis as was current in Occupied Belgium, where the Relief organization collected the crops and distributed them. To his letter on the subject, I replied:

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