The Western Front

The Life and Death of a British Officer

Captain Oswald Eric Wreford Brown

Page 41 -  Xmas was not peaceful

Cigarettes turned up and were much appreciated. Xmas here was hardly what you might call peaceful. We have had artillery duels nearly every day. Ms ? socks are a great success and keep my feet wonderfully warm and dry. I am still very fit and well and I am glad to say then men have been bucked up a little lately owing to being by themselves under my command and away from HQ !! The fatigues too have not been so heavy.


Page 42 - Shelling

I never plug my ears to avoid hearing the shells whizzing over. I do not at all mind when the shells are going well over head. The unpleasant time is when the enemy is actually shelling the place where you are situated.

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