Letter To Family

To my loving parents & dear sisters

My platoon finally moved out of Arras about a few days ago, and advanced to secure the French line at (CENSORED). I was excited to finally be moving, and to have a chance to show the Hunn what I'm made of! To our dismay, we found out that French were (C E N S O R E D). But nevertheless, our regiment had orders to hold the line, and we dug in to wait for the enemy.

They came soon enough, as well. I find it hard to recall the events of that first, chaotic battle, but somehow we were able to hold on, and beat back the enemy advance. I have to say, that battle was nothing like I had imagined it to be. I feel unable to describe what I felt and experienced in words, even as I have trouble understanding it in the confines of my own mind. Nevertheless, my men performed well, and I can say that I am proud of each and every one of them.

The next day, we were thrown back by a surprise attack, and I am sorry to say that I was wounded. I sustained extensive injuries from shrapnel, but I dare say I will be all right. I am back in Arras now, in the hospital, and I am not worried for myself - stiff upper lip and all that. I am just very sorry to let down the lads & leave them on their own in a tight spot. Additionally, I heard that my 2nd, Sergeant (CENSORED), has been killed on the line. I will have to promote new NCOs, and do my best to effect a swift recovery.

2nd Lt. Rupert Orm-Herrick

Ps. I hope that the trials of the home front have not been hard on you. How is the garden doing?
Psps. Give father my love. I will send some French wine to him, as soon as I'm able to walk again.

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