Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 928

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that they were urgently required for defensive purposes

and to save life. I believe in saving but not at the 

expense of life for a soldier is worth a good many

£41's to the country at this stage of the war. We

read in the papers (the "Mail" & "The Telegraph") about the

coming offensive and we note with pleasure and

amusement the descriptions of our attitude towards it.

We are glad to see that we are cheerfully expectant

and confident and we note that each soldier is

prepared to fight to his last gasp & hopes to account

for many Boche. My experience does not include these

things. I fail to see any difference in the men. Their

attitude has not changed. Always they have looked

to the defence of their lives, always have they been

prepared for anything and the possibility of a big

attack makes no difference to the front line for they

have always been liable to be attacked. An attack big

or little is much the same to the men in the 

forward posts who take the first knock. The people

who count in a big show are the people behind 

the line. To them belongs the success or failure.

The powers of human resistance are limited and

the supply of new strength is always from behind.

Intelligent anticipation and careful preparations for

supplies of men & material means defeat for the enemy.

We believe in our army sufficiently to expect these

will be forthcoming at need and so we just

stick it as usual - whatever the papers may say

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that they were urgently required for defensive purposes

and to save life. I believe in saving but not at the 

expense of life for a soldier is worth a good many

£41's to the country at this stage of the war. We

read in the papers (the "Mail" & "The Telegraph") about the

coming offensive and we note with pleasure and

amusement the descriptions of our attitude towards it.

We are glad to see that we are cheerfully expectant

and confident and we note that each soldier is

prepared to fight to his last gasp & hopes to account

for many Boche. My experience does not include these

things. I fail to see any difference in the men. Their

attitude has not changed. Always they have looked

to the defence of their lives, always have they been

prepared for anything and the possibility of a big

attack makes no difference to the front line for they

have always been liable to be attacked. An attack big

or little is much the same to the men in the 

forward posts who take the first knock. The people

who count in a big show are the people behind 

the line. To them belongs the success or failure.

The powers of human resistance are limited and

the supply of new strength is always from behind.

Intelligent anticipation and careful preparations for

supplies of men & material means defeat for the enemy.

We believe in our army sufficiently to expect these

will be forthcoming at need and so we just

stick it as usual - whatever the papers may say


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  • April 25, 2019 22:28:48 Thomas A. Lingner

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    that they were urgently required for defensive purposes

    and to save life. I believe in saving but not at the 

    expense of life for a soldier is worth a good many

    £41's to the country at this stage of the war. We

    read in the papers (the "Mail" & "The Telegraph") about the

    coming offensive and we note with pleasure and

    amusement the descriptions of our attitude towards it.

    We are glad to see that we are cheerfully expectant

    and confident and we note that each soldier is

    prepared to fight to his last gasp & hopes to account

    for many Boche. My experience does not include these

    things. I fail to see any difference in the men. Their

    attitude has not changed. Always they have looked

    to the defence of their lives, always have they been

    prepared for anything and the possibility of a big

    attack makes no difference to the front line for they

    have always been liable to be attacked. An attack big

    or little is much the same to the men in the 

    forward posts who take the first knock. The people

    who count in a big show are the people behind 

    the line. To them belongs the success or failure.

    The powers of human resistance are limited and

    the supply of new strength is always from behind.

    Intelligent anticipation and careful preparations for

    supplies of men & material means defeat for the enemy.

    We believe in our army sufficiently to expect these

    will be forthcoming at need and so we just

    stick it as usual - whatever the papers may say

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    Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,

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  • Story location Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,


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Kate Ward
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February 27, 1918
  • English

  • Western Front




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