Thursday, 2 March 2017

Making and Breaking

Friday 2nd March 1917 from our correspondent in the field

The 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment are in tents and dug-outs at Saint-Pierre-Divion, on the River Ancre north of Thiepval. They are employed on road-making fatigues between the villages of Grandcourt and Miraumont. Meanwhile, as many officers and non-commissioned officers as possible are being sent forward to reconnoitre the front to see where the enemy are heading.

Here at the front there is considerable speculation following the American government making the text of the Zimmerman Telegram public. Given that the Kaiser has promised Mexico he will help fund a Mexican reconquest of the American states of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona it seems impossible for the Americans, much as they may wish to cling to their neutrality, to avoid joining the ourselves and our allies.

Source: X550/8/1

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