Excerpt from Jim and Wally
For one the laurel, one the rose, and glory for them all, All the gallant gentlemen who fight and laugh and fall. Margery ruth betts.
HE trench wound a sinuous way through the sodden Flanders mud. Underfoot were boards an then sandbags and then more boards, added as the mud rose up and swallowed all that was put down upon it. Some of the last-added boards had almost di appeared, ground out of sight by the trampling feet of hundreds of men: a new battalion had relieved, three nights before, the men who had held that part of the line for a week, and when a relief arrives, a trench becomes uncomfortably filled, and the ground under foot is churned into deep glue. It was more than time to put down another ﬂoor; to which the only objection was that no more ﬂooring material was available, and had there been, no one had time to fetch it.
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