Tuesday This a.m. broke clear and cold Heinie was rather quiet I saw the new year in & extended greetings about 8 o’c pm Fritz tried to pull something & we gave him a present of 50 rounds, after everything was quiet the bty have started to move am feeling good
Fritz’s present is described in the War Diaries: “At 7:50 pm the enemy opened up a bombardment on Hill 70 front and group OP reported green lights going up here. Our batteries opened up a slow rate of fire on S.O.S. lines. At 8:04 S.O.S. received and rate of fire increased accordingly. At 8:05 ‘Attack Hill 70’ received and supporting batteries were notified to take action. At 8:20 all firing was stopped on word being received … situation again normal.” (1) The enemy had launched two raids, but both were driven back. (2)
The greeting card, found among Percy’s papers, has no writing on it.
(1) War Diary of the 13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Vol. 12: 3. January 1, 1918. Library and Archives of Canada.
(2) War Diary of the Fifth Canadian Divisional Artillery. Vol. 12: 4. January 1, 1918. Library and Archives of Canada.
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