12 June 1918

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11 June 1918

Soldiers of the 37th Company, 10th Battalion, 359e Regiment d’Infanterie taking cover in an embankment during the Battle of Matz. Image in public domain.

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10 June 1918

The weather is lovely, like an Australian spring, and a change to the long drib-drab winter we have gone through. Still, that was a “king” to the previous winter. I shiver now when l think of it. It is just two years since I left Orange, and I am now in the third winter here. I have been a year and ten months in France, and nearly all that time within reach of the enemy’s guns. People in Orange, I suppose, could hardly credit the existence of guns that can fire a shell from Orange and drop it on Blayney. I feel as confident as ever of getting home safely.

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9 June 1918

A German MG 08 machine gun section advancing to take up new positions in the ruins of a house on the Montdidier-Noyon sector of the front during Operation Gneisenau, June 1918. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 55349).

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8 June 1918

HMS Peyton and US Navy minelayer in rough weather in North Sea. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 75502).

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7 June 1918

Ruins of the main street in Veuilly-la-Poterie, June 1918. . Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 83018).

This is a pretty country centre, and will be a nice place during the summer weather. The change will be most beneficial to me, as my jaw is scarcely strong enough yet to chew hard biscuits. The food here is exceptionally good considering every-everything. Of course sugar, butter and other things are scarce, but we get a good supply of vegetables.

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6 June 1918

American Marines in Belleau Wood, 1918, Georges Scott. Image courtesy Illustrations.

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5 June 1918

If we have the misfortune to loss the war it will not be long before there will be cause for weeping and gnashing of teeth amongst the crowd who stayed at home. Truly, “Twere better to have fought and lost than never to have fought at all.” I don’t like the war, but if I had my time over again I would enlist … it is the only path open to any self-respecting follow who is in a position to enlist.

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4 June 1918

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3 June 1918

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