On Battle and Rest: Albert

‘When Serge pokes his head in the barn to tell us we’ve been ordered to proceed east of Albert we reckon we’re up for a stunt and aren’t the boys keen – itching for it since the Germans began retreating in March.’ * ‘Effervescent as school boys, the Old Bat assembles outside Ribemont church, Wally and the Bangers rumble to life and First Brigade takes the first steps to wherever Colonel Bogey might lead us today.’ *    ‘Rounding a bend I see her, the old widow of Meaulte, always standing outside her cottage whenever we parade through, waving a little French flag and sending every soldier her love and appreciation.’  *    ‘The new boys want to know about Pozières and so John, Collin and a few of the other veterans recount events.’ *    ‘Training at Albury Camp outside Bazentin-le-Petit is deadly boring for us old hands, revisiting elementary basics.’ * ‘I’m roped into an advance party to go over to Buire-sur-L’Ancre to help officers negotiate billet terms with village officials and landlords.’   * ‘In searing heat the Old Bat sets off on the first leg of a nine-mile hike to Mailly-Maillet north of Albert.’ * ‘We again bid the Denoirs farewell and commence a nine-mile hike to Bray-sur-Somme.’ * ‘At Edge Hill Railway Siding near Dernancourt, officers bark at us to line up, collect rations and commence a phased embarkation into a line of waiting wagons.’ * ‘We go rambling through wooded hills tumbling down to the river as far along as the pretty little village of Suzanne, crouched on the bank adoring its own reflection.’

‘When Serge pokes his head in the barn to tell us we’ve been ordered to proceed east of Albert we reckon we’re up for a stunt and aren’t the boys keen – itching for it since the Germans began retreating in March.’
*
‘Effervescent as school boys, the Old Bat assembles outside Ribemont church, Wally and the Bangers rumble to life and First Brigade takes the first steps to wherever Colonel Bogey might lead us today.’
*
‘Rounding a bend I see her, the old widow of Meaulte, always standing outside her cottage whenever we parade through, waving a little French flag and sending every soldier her love and appreciation.’
*
‘The new boys want to know about Pozières and so John, Collin and a few of the other veterans recount events.’
*
‘Training at Albury Camp outside Bazentin-le-Petit is deadly boring for us old hands, revisiting elementary basics.’
*
‘I’m roped into an advance party to go over to Buire-sur-L’Ancre to help officers negotiate billet terms with village officials and landlords.’
*
‘In searing heat the Old Bat sets off on the first leg of a nine-mile hike to Mailly-Maillet north of Albert.’
*
‘We again bid the Denoirs farewell and commence a nine-mile hike to Bray-sur-Somme.’
*
‘At Edge Hill Railway Siding near Dernancourt, officers bark at us to line up, collect rations and commence a phased embarkation into a line of waiting wagons.’
*
‘We go rambling through wooded hills tumbling down to the river as far along as the pretty little village of Suzanne, crouched on the bank adoring its own reflection.’

 

 

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