June 15, 1917 (place)
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Fri Nov 16 2001 at 4:02:35
Over the last week we got moved to the
. They stacked us boys into an unventilated
, 40 boys per truck. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the road kept gettin’ worse and worse as we got closer to the lines. We went through a couple of towns that the
had blasted all to hell. In one of them, we passed under a statue of the
hangin’ at a real funny angle over the street in front of a blown-out
is that the war will be over when the Virgin finally falls.
We finally got to our
, and I got my first taste of what the war was really like over here. This whole ordeal’s bein’ fought in these God-awful
everywhere. The Hun
s us constantly, and it’s almost impossible to get any sleep. There’s no
for miles and miles around, and
is everywhere. This ain’t you’re average
mud back home, but this is knee-deep mud that’s so thick you can’t barely walk through it.
Life in the trenches
is just about as
as life can get. There ain’t nothin’ that you can do all day, except maybe
, when you get a
. Sometimes one of those Hun planes will fly low overhead and you can take
at it, but besides that there isn’t much else a body can do, except
. There’s a rumor of an
bein’ planned in our area soon, but I dunno about that, ‘cause there’s so many rumors flyin’ around nobody has a real good
what’s goin’ on. Oh well,
there ain’t nothin’ I can do about it anyway
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