Newfoundland At Armageddon

“I was on reconnaissance patrol last night. When we arrived near enemy lines, one of our boys, Phillips, slid into a trench. It was filled with Germans. There was howling and screaming but we had to abandon him. We were sure he was killed. But he crawled back. His uniform was in tatters. He was covered in blood, wounded but still alive. He told us about how he knocked out about a dozen Boches all by himself. What a story! He said he hid himself in a shell hole and waited for nightfall before he came back to the trench.”

Charles

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Types of Patrols and Raids

“We've gone over that battle plan so many times, I don't see how we can fail. Sure everybody knows what they are supposed to do. If everything goes as planned, this war will be over very quickly. What is this? Is that German aeroplanes again? I see them often. Can't our guys kick them out?”

Charles

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Practice Runs and Reconnaissance aeroplanes

“Shit! The German barbed wire is still intact. That's not possible! Sure, they bombed those lines for five days. I told my Sergeant the barbed wire was still there, but I don't think he believed me. I saw it with my own eyes and Tom too. This is no bloody bon.”

Charles

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Barbed Wire and Bombardments

“Dear Mother, We're in Louvencourt now waiting for the Big Push. When you receive this letter, the battle will be over. I hope that we will have crushed those dirty Boches and that I will be almost on my way home. It will be great day, I'm sure of it. No matter what happens, never forget that I love you. We will be together again very soon. Hug Father and my sisters for me and tell them that I love them.”

Charles

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Goodbye Letters