Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 148

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wait & a realisation that some who 

started with you have left the line

the waiting is the nervous business, shells

overhead, in front, behind then this

side then that. A hit here, a lucky

escape there and the nervous man

gives play to his imagination and

is finished. It is wonderful how few

there are who break down under

the strain. The more I see of the men

the more I respect and admire

them. The danger they know and

they smile at it. They are cheerful

& merry always & even when they

grumble or groan (which is often)

why it's a cheerful grumble at which

they will laugh as quickly as I do.

  Our phase of the war is slightly 

different but had the South African

War been fought under these conditions

the great battles they fought would

have been over in ten minutes

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wait & a realisation that some who 

started with you have left the line

the waiting is the nervous business, shells

overhead, in front, behind then this

side then that. A hit here, a lucky

escape there and the nervous man

gives play to his imagination and

is finished. It is wonderful how few

there are who break down under

the strain. The more I see of the men

the more I respect and admire

them. The danger they know and

they smile at it. They are cheerful

& merry always & even when they

grumble or groan (which is often)

why it's a cheerful grumble at which

they will laugh as quickly as I do.

  Our phase of the war is slightly 

different but had the South African

War been fought under these conditions

the great battles they fought would

have been over in ten minutes


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  • December 11, 2018 15:16:53 Thomas A. Lingner

    wait & a realisation that some who 

    started with you have left the line

    the waiting is the nervous business, shells

    overhead, in front, behind then this

    side then that. A hit here, a lucky

    escape there and the nervous man

    gives play to his imagination and

    is finished. It is wonderful how few

    there are who break down under

    the strain. The more I see of the men

    the more I respect and admire

    them. The danger they know and

    they smile at it. They are cheerful

    & merry always & even when they

    grumble or groan (which is often)

    why it's a cheerful grumble at which

    they will laugh as quickly as I do.

      Our phase of the war is slightly 

    different but had the South African

    War been fought under these conditions

    the great battles they fought would

    have been over in ten minutes

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    Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,

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  • Story location Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,


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Contributor
Kate Ward
License
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May 12, 1917
  • English

  • Western Front




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