What is your first name?
What is your last name?
I write from the battlefield of the
with thousands of shells passing in a tornado
overhead, and thousands of unburied dead around me. It seems easy to say that, but you who
have not seen it can hardly conceive the awfulness of it all.
My battalion has been in it for eight days, and one-third of it is left - all shattered at that.
And they're sticking it still, incomparable heroes, all. We are
unshaven, sleepless. Even when we're back a bit we can't sleep for our own guns. I have one
puttee, a dead man's helmet, another dead man's gas protector, a dead man's
tunic is rotten with other men's blood, and partly splattered with a
comrade's brains. It is horrible, but why should you people at home not know?
What was John Raws' nationality?(Requires Sentence)
Where was the Battle of the Somme located?(Requires Sentence)
How does John's description of his equipment contrast to the British belief in this regard before the battle?(Requires Sentence)