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"The winter consumption of gum was heavier than that of summer, the average monthly supply being only 1,500,000 packages. A total of 3,500,000 packages represent the overseas shipment in January, 1919. The shipment for February was 3,200,000 packages. Chewing gum came to be seen as a necessity by the men in France and has been found to be an invaluable aid to keep up their spirits in the midst of hardships."

The first war in which American soldiers, sailors and Marines had declared their preferences for candy over tobacco was the First World War.

Click here to read about all the effort that was made to get cigarettes to the Doughboys...

Click here to read about the A.E.F. love for candy...

     


Supplying Chewing Gum to the A.E.F.  (America's Munitions, 1919)

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