THE RELIEF OF KUT-AL-AMARA 1916-17
4 sides, creased with a little wear, sm.4to.
"We were in a lot of work from 18th Dec. till the 3rd. Feb. & the last date was very hot with us & the enemy, we went over the top taking three lines of the Turkish trenches & held them well but sorry to say our casualties was very heavy, t'was only a matter of luck in going through alright with the Shrapnel & "live stock" we went through & in their trenches they knew the range so well with the guns & made it like "Fair Hell" all the time anyway I am not at all anxious to see such a time like it again. We was very near to Kut-el-Amara then ?.... Glad to say we have been relieved & come back to .....[deleted] about 150 miles from Kut. We march some of the journey & did the rest on boats on the River Tigris.... Xmas 1916 was anything but a pleasant one with us. We could have done with a little warning back there were getting very cold & wet wether, & was in the opened or trenches all the time. Couldn't even get the tent to go in. I did well the first couple of week in January with the parcels intended for Xmas coming out, & glad to say they were none the worst for the journey out, Could hardly realised we were so near to the Turks with the luxuries & Xmas Cakes & pudding which was such a treat out here.... I should very much like to have the thoughts of helping with the haying this year think I shall soon get used to the work when I get the luck of starting on again." He finishes "PS Sorry I cant put name of Regt. but latest are we must not do so, but its the same & alright for you to do so. Good bye".
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