Somewhere in the lines near Mamelle Trench, 11/1/1918

[Along the captured Kriemhilde Line]

Dear Em,


Received your letter of Oct 8, not more than an hour ago and now that I have put away my mess kit, (for it was handed to me just before going to supper) I will answer it. To begin with I will say that this letter made very good time, but not as good as one I got from Lil the other day. It was mailed Oct 14, and it was handed to me the 28th day of the same month. Going some what? You sure used the right stuff in this letter in your mention of Germany’s plea for peace and our fight for Victory, which is peace. Yes we want to get home all right, but “When its over over here.”


You say you are not getting much mail but Im writing as often as I can and can’t see why my mail is not regularly received. Glad to here that you are not or have not come in contact with this new epidemic. One fellow here just received a letter that his mother has just died from this sickness. Gee but its tough on him and he feels it and shows that it hurts him. He said that he hadn’t been getting any mail from home and felt that something must be wrong.


Hope you get your coal soon, for it must be getting cold there now. You sure will be all dressed up when all that paper is hung. Hope to get a look at it. Yes the picture of the kitten is with all the others in my very much worn pocket book and if I lose it every thing or about every thing I prize the most will go with it. The watch keeps very good time and although the chain is getting very much worn and then it is still on the job, and I expect it will last until the finish of the big job.


Of coarse my letters would not be complete without mentioning the weather which is at present very good for France. It says cloudy and sprinkles now and then which is a great deal better than continual rains. It is getting kind of chilly but I think we will stand up under it better this year than we did last, if we are at the front. Im never liking putting this winter in at the front, but Im afraid its got to be. Here is hoping it will be the last. Its consolation to know that the Boshe will suffer more than we will the way things are going for them now, so we will just smile and bear it.


We are eating good, which is half the battle while in the trenches. When I say trenches, of coarse I mean the front, for there is no such thing nowadays. Only shell holes or holes that each individual doughboy digs himself. The Boshe have been driven from their trenches and holes and is given no time to resume his old tactics.


Well Ill have to close now Em promising to write again soon. We feel lucky if we get a paper that is a day or two old so you can see how much news we get unless it is from our imediate sector. Hoping this finds you all in the same good health and that Ill hear from you soon I remain



Samuel Ed. Avery #69762, Hdq Co. 103rd Inf. Am. Ex. Forces.


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  1. Thanks for the link–this is great stuff. I was particularly struck by the great concern expressed by Sam and his buddies about the flu epidemic raging on the home front. The more things change, the more they stay the same…

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