To The Front
Jul 8, 1918
Hiked to front. No sleep.
Jul 9, 1918
Diarrhea. Wrote to Helen #17. Rain.
Jul 10, 1918
Hiked to camp. Washed clothes. Rain.
July 11, 1918
Wrote to Mother. Heavy bombardment. Eight aeroplanes on our side. Rain.
Jul 12, 1918
Wrote to Helen. Received letters from Joe Tone, Elizabeth Jones. Rain.
Jul 13, 1918
15 months in the Army. 11 months 1st Cl Pvt. Wrote letters.
Jul 14, 1918
French holiday. Five prisoners Boche. 32 French wounded on raid. Bombardment
12pm. Wrote to Helen.
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Jul 15, 1918
2nd Batt. hold first line of attack against Prussian Guard. 3rd Batt.
Move up. German plane shot down shelter tent ripped by shrapnel. 1st Batt.
suffer losses. Germans take 3 kilos from French. Our 2nd Batt. holds the
line killing with the bayonet. ATTACK
Jul 16, 1918
Bavarian guard attacks. Germans attack twelve times with tanks but fail
to break our line. 2nd Batt. goes over the top at once.
Jul 17, 1918
German Buluon(?) shot down. Plenty of artillery activity.
Jul 18, 1918
Left at 2:30 am from trenches. Hit Vadenay between Chalons and front.
Jul 19, 1918
Big offensive at Chateau Thierry. Good news.
Jul 20, 1918
Left trenches for Vadenay at 2:30am. M. Sherlock, L. Bishop.
Jul 21, 1918
Left Vadenay at 3:30 for Chateau.
Jul 22, 1918
On trains until 7:30 pm coming within 2 miles of Paris. Hiked.
Jul 23, 1918
Hit town next at 2am. Received letters from Grandpa, C. Hart.
Jul 24, 1918
Operating big switchboard. Wrote to Mother, Helen #19.
July 25, 1918
Pack up and leave Chameny. Pulled up to Chateau Thierry and took position
at Fue Le Tedenois.
Jul 26, 1918
Wrote to Helen #20. Rain.
Jul 27, 1918
Mailed to Helen #20, E. Jones, M. Sherlock.
Jul 29 - Jul 31 1918
ATTACK (same entry for three days in a row).
Aug 1, 1918
Start again. Maurice's birthday.
Aug 2, 1918
Wrote to Helen #22. Relieved by 4 Div.
In In the Trenches
Actual diary entries
from July 15th and 16th, 1918
Father Duffy's Story, p. 192
Sunday, July 28, 1918 at Oureq River
. . . .Our own machine guns, the Wisconsin lads manning them, had
followed the advance, the gunners fighting with desparate courage.
The ammunition was carried up by their men and ours at a frightful
cost. Five feet or so a man might run with it and then go down. Without
a moments hesitation, some other soldier would grab it and run forward
to go down in his turn. But the guns had to be fed and still another
would take the same dreadful chance. . . Finally the guns were put
out of action by German shell fire . . .and there they stood uselessly,
their gunners lying dead around them.