Saturday This a.m. broke dull & cold at 10 a.m. we fired a retaliation of 50 rounds I did not go out I slept in & arose about noon Fritz was fairly quiet all day we played cribbage tonight am well
The 55th fired on the front lines for 15 minutes, according to the war diary, in retaliation for a trench mortar bombardment this morning (1). Otherwise, it was indeed a pretty quiet day. (2)
This pencil sketch by William McDougall Anderson was made eleven months ago and shows a card game in progress, British soldiers playing and watching. (3) The scene at the gunpits at Cité St Pierre can’t have been much different.
(1) War Diary of the 13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Vol. 11: 11. December 29, 1917. Library and Archives of Canada.
(2) War Diary of the Fifth Canadian Divisional Artillery. Vol. 11: 15 December 29, 1917. Library and Archives of Canada.
(3) IWM ART 16250 23