War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 17 Mar 1918
Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda
R.P. Sunday March 17 1918.
I am so sorry to hear about the raid. I hope it did not upset you too much, for you must be getting quite accustomed to them now.
We are extra busy just at present, so we are out of mischief. The weather is glorious with plenty of sunshine. Some of the trees are quite green. It is not dark until eight p.m. At night when the sun goes down or in the shade during the day it is cold, otherwise it is just right.
Leave is still a great way ahead. The list is longer than I care to contemplate, but we have to lump it. It is all in this great game.
March 17 1918
Italian Expeditionary Force.
It is a glorious Sunday evening, though the air is a bit cool. Already some of the trees are green. The weather is the usual topic of the resourceless, but I hope my references to climatic conditions may be forgiven as they are not padding but quite sincere. I love weather like this, and I am easily influenced by environment.
We have moved again, and only arrived this evening after a long journey, tired and dusty. I have a bedroom to myself and a table too, where I can write, so I am fortunate. It is difficult now to think otherwise than in terms of guns and horses. The prehistoric antebellum days of youth seem so far away now.
It would seem that we are out here in Italy for the duration, but I hope not. I shall try and get back to France somehow.
The Boche do not seem in a great hurry to make their long talked of attack. Perhaps they are thinking better of it. They may be bluffing to keep us quiet. But I think it probable that they will do something.
In my leisure moments I have been reading William James’ “Varieties of Religious Experience”, which is excellent.
Frankau is going to write for the Tatler. What a paper to write for, but I suppose it pays well.
The papers do not take much notice of us out here, which is as well as it prevents us thinking we are doing anything important. There really is nothing much going on. I hope we are doing some good here. At any rate the Austrians have not had it all their own way opposite us.