Friday, 26 February 2016

Snow Fatigue

Saturday 26th February 1916: the adjutant of the 1st Battalion tells us, rather sourly, that they are at Candas, behind the lines south-west of Doullens whither they marched yesterday, a journey of some fifteen miles. The journey was difficult with frozen, slippery roads and steep gradients and conducted in a blizzard which lasted all day. They arrived at dusk to find bad, dirty billets and not enough of them to shelter all the men. They will remain at Candas and look forward to making snowmen today – that is, they will all be on snow clearing fatigue and clearing roads when they might have had a rest.

Source: X550/2/5

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