Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Thaw Wrecks the Trenches

Wednesday 1st December 1915: The 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment are presently in the front line near Hannescamps on the Somme. The Commanding Officer tells us that conditions are bad because of the snowy weather. They occupy Trenches 56 to 61 inclusive and on a tour of the trenches the CO noted that Trenches 59 and Trench 60 are in a particularly bad state. They are knee deep in mud and the sides of the trenches continually fall in as there has been a sudden thaw and all the snow has melted. The communication trench behind Trenches 56 and 57 is also deep in sticky mud

Source: X550/7/1

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