Gunner Bert Cox
August 29th 1918
My dear Murrill, Herbert, and Carl,
I've just got back from a great trip……souvenir hunting in the country that belonged to the Hun, a few days ago. It's great sport, going through his dug outs etc. etc. There's all kinds of stuff, but of course, the Infantry grab the best of it and they are always there ahead of us.
I went into one of his dug outs, today, quite close to his original front line, about 50 ft. deep, fitted up as a forward dressing station. Bundles of bandages and dope to put in wounds etc. etc. All kinds of medical apparatus. Everything all along the trenches and dug outs is left just as it was when they heard the enemy coming.
Am quite a distance away from the place, I wrote my last letter. We were rushed down here on short notice, to take part in another big offensive, which started at 3:00 AM on August 26th. It was carried out on the same principle as the battle of Aug. 8th ( 3rd. battle of the Somme), only this time the weather wasn't quite as good.
Not bad enough to interfere with the advance, but kept drizzling all the time we were in action, which, of course, was in an open field. We didn't get any sleep for 3 nights, so at every opportunity, we'd flop on the ground, and rain or no rain, we were soon asleep. Terribly cold nights too, but none of us are any the worse for it. The days are very warm, but the nights never warm up.
I very often go around without even a shirt on during the day, but have to wear a sweater, tunic and overcoat on guard at night. One thing about it, the lice haven't got a chance, these days, to bother us. There's no lying on the ground, rolling and tossing and scratching one's skin off. I'm asleep just as soon as I get under the blanket.
The Canadians have suffered terrible losses during the last 3 days. Some companies have fought to the last man, but we have taken all our objectives.
The Allies are certainly punching the enemy heavily, all along the Western Front. The news of the past month should be very encouraging to the people at home. The morale of the German troops must be very bad at the present time. The Infantry coming back from the line, tell us that they have never seen them give themselves up, as they have done lately. They throw their hands up and dance with joy . They are falling back so fast in front of us, here, that we have to take up new positions about every other day, or they are out of our range.
Our new Major observed and controlled the fire of the Battery from the O.P. on the first day and he said it was the best shoot he had seen since he had been in France, and he has been over here, for 3 years. Gives him a good impression of the new bunch he has at his command.
Please send this on to the others in NY. Haven't heard from Ella or self for a long time.
Had letters from home a few days ago
Write soon and love for Ella and the Kids, from your affectionate brother,
PS August 30th…Still Going Strong!