WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 28 – A Letter from a Father

Second Lieutenant Eric Douglas Smart’s father wrote this letter and sent it to his son, who was serving with the 10thBn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment on the Western Front, on 18 November 1916. My dear little boy, As you say it does really seem sometimes as though the war has reached a deadlock. That is quite … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 28 – A Letter from a Father

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 27 – In Memory of One Who Fell

On 18th October 1916, exactly one hundred years ago, night had well and truly fallen over the Butte de Warlencourt when Sergeant Frederick Neville Woodger of “D” Coy, 3rd Regiment South African Infantry moved up to the front line, in the newly dug Pearse’s Trench at the base of the Butte. He would not see … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 27 – In Memory of One Who Fell

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 23 – On the Eve of Battle

On this night, one hundred years ago, men were packed into trenches and billets all along the battle front of the Somme. Overhead, shells continued to fly from the heavy artillery that had been pounding the German lines for weeks. This bombardment, their officers assured them, would destroy the barbed wire, the machine gun posts, … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 23 – On the Eve of Battle