Annual Mock Battle between Cadet Brigades
Date: ca. 1900 Size: 470x318 pixels
Once each year a sham battle took place between the two battalions on campus, highlighting Auburn's military training.  This battle was photographed in the early 1900s.  "It was all made as real as possible except that each rifleman was given five blank cartridges that could be fired to his best advantage," wrote W.K. Askew, a 1917 graduate.  "The battle was the crowning event and culmination of all of the constant drilling, marching, reviews, inspections, parades, and particularly the rivalry between the battalions."  Such training helped put Auburn men in great demand when the United States entered World War I in 1917.
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