Newfoundland At Armageddon

“This is it! We're leaving Gallipoli, Cap Helles and those dirty Turks. I certainly won't miss the place. I'm completely exhausted after the craziness here. The French welcomed me on their ship, let me sleep and then helped me find my battalion. What an adventure! At least the evacuation and naval withdrawal seems to be a success. And it was us, the Newfoundlanders, who did it! We may not have brought the Turks down, but we can be very proud of what we did do.”

George

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The Evacuation of Cap Helles

“Right, left, right left. I've had enough of this neverending marching. I thought we came here to rest. That Colonel Hadow has gone crazy with his discipline. He's forced us to march so much, my feet are completely bloody from blisters and he treats us like dogs. We'll show him our true colours. We'll show him what Newfoundlanders are made of. We have written a song mocking him. We're going to sing it the next time he bullies us in the marching.”

George

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Hadow and the Suez Camp

“Ouh la la. I think the French women have a soft spot for the Newfoundlanders. When we disembarked at Marseille, the girls threw themselves at us. They grabbed at the buttons on our vests, whispering “Souvenirs?” One of them kissed me in a very French way. Hey, don't we deserve some good times after what we've been through? The Sergeant finally brought us all to order. When I got the chance though, I escaped with Charles. I can't give you any details, but I don't regret even one second despite receiving a severe military punishment.”

George

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Marseille and a French Welcome

“It sure isn't warm here. Those short pants were great when we were in Egypt, but I'd gladly trade them for long pants now. We're billeted in an old barn tonight with no way to make a fire. Fortunately, we have blankets. Tom found a large pile of hay. We'll spread it over the floor. That'll make it a little warmer when we lay down to sleep. We have a big day tomorrow with a very long march all the way to Louvencourt.”

George

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Moving toward Louvencourt