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Catalog Number 1996.51.136AZ
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1996.51
Description Full transcription of text follows:

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August 19/1917- Dearest Mother- Am writing this on the road, while waiting for dark before going further - so you must pardon worse penmanship than usual. We started at about one o'clock this afternoon, took a load of barbed wire, and are now waiting until dark to cross an open stretch of road. There seem to be quite a little doing on the plateau, judging from the sound of the guns, but then one can hardly tell. They

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keep going on pretty much all of the time. A German plane must be passing - for the sky is covered in one direction with the little white puffs of bursting shrapnel. It must be too high up for us to see, or behind a cloud. If the French average one Boch plane to a thousand shells - or five thousand - I shall be surprised. It seems as though the guns are

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pointed upward and a prayer given that luck will bring down a plane. I am certainly feeling horrible today and guess I must be just that kind of company. Must have caught cold - although I can't see how. Will bring this to a rapid close. My thoughts are always with you at home. Have given up hoping for letters - just taking them as agreeable surprises when they arrive. Love- Ned.

From the service of James E. (Ned) Henschel, Co. B Reserve Mallet--French Army, American Field Service, Quartermaster Corps, General Hdgts., and Motor Transport Co. 831.
Date August 19,1917
Year Range from 1917
Year Range to 1917
People Henschel, James (Ned) Edward
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
Roads
Trucks
Guns
Airplanes
Homesickness
Cold