War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 1 Apr 1918
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P.P.C. 1 APRIL 1918. France
Hope you got my note. Please forgive these P. cards. Times are quite exciting.
R.P. EASTER SUNDAY 1918
Just a line to let you know that I am fit and well, but back in this land again and busy.
We left at an hour’s notice, and it was quick work.
We seem to be holding the Boche alright now, and it is really nothing more than suicide for him to go on now. There is no cause to worry. Everyone is confident out here. Whatever Foch is or may do, it is better by far to have a single supreme commander. I cannot understand why we have not had one before this fiasco.
The weather is nothing like what we left behind, and we miss it. But I am not sorry to have returned for this, if only we can finish it for good.
EASTER SUNDAY 1918
We left at half an hour’s notice, and it was pretty quick work.
The Boche seem to be held alright now, and everyone here seems confident. We are glad Foch has taken over supreme command. In war one commander is a necessity. Foch may not be a genius but one general is better than a dozen. As one or our sergeants said hitherto we have been slaughtered to no purpose, perhaps in the future we may be slaughtered to some purpose.
We miss the beautiful weather we have left behind, but still there are tasks to be done here, and we should have got very slack in Italy.
The journey seemed and was long but uneventful. Now we are fully busy. It has been an extraordinary week.