Somewhere near Menil-la-Tour, 4/13/1918

Dear Em.

 

I thought it about time I dropped you a line and informed you that Im still well and enjoying life as well as could be expected. Ive received no mail now for about a month which means, I suppose, that there is an awful batch of it “somewhere”. There is really nothing to say, for nothing of note has happened since my last letter. There is one thing that can be always spoken of though and that is the weather. We’ve been very fortunate in this respect of late for it is just “graund”.

 

Ran into a fellow who was in the Hospital Corp of the Old Eighth and we had quite a chat about old times. Have read papers dated March 2nd that spoke of the New England Regiments and thought that the news was exagerated very much. What must they be doing now?

 

Lost my tooth brush yesterday so you see Im in an awful imbarrassing position now. There is a barbor here and I get my hair cut once in a while just for old times sake. How are all the girls at the shop? The boys are all well and in good spirits. Those lines at the top of the front page of the Post are real jolly don’t you think?

 

Everybody over here seems to think Germany won’t last much longer, and I suppose that is the ruling thought over there. This drive will decide it I hope. If not it means a long winter in France for the A.E.F. and those that are not yet A.E.F. How many (less) days have you folks got now. There is one I bet you will be just as well satisfied with, Winterless.

 

Well Em, look out for showers and don’t forget to give Napolean a smile. My best regards to all and knowing you will excuse pencil Ill close

 

Sam.

Samuel E. Avery Hdq. Co. 103rd Inf A.E.F.

 

P.S. Had a bath yesterday, and parted with some very close friends. Big hearted chaps at that. Easy enough to get some more though.

 

 

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  1. Dear Readers:
    Sam’s comment about parting with some very close friends during his bath refers to temporary freedom from cooties.

    Regards,
    REL

  2. “Nothing of note?” I wonder if you were far from the fighting on the 12th, Sam, or trying to shield the homefolks from the frightening reality.

  3. Sam may have been at HQ behind the lines during the initial fighting involving the 103rd at Apremont. It’s hard to say since he was always on the move and maintaining liason among units. It certainly would be ironic for Sam to say only that he had managed to lose his toothbrush rather than mention why it had happened.

  4. Soldiers often refer quite casually to events that a civilian would think are extremely noteworthy. Sometimes they fail to note them at all. One of my great-grandfathers wrote in his journal on Nov. 11, 1918: “Was assigned to the depot all day cleaning rifles”–and nothing else.

  5. Bad luck about the toothbrush, Sam. Can you … um, borrow … one from somebody else?


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