Liévin, January 3, 1918

Thursday        We are now in our new position & its [sic] not very bomb proof A Canadian mail came it [sic] tonight very quiet today, the weather remains clear & cold did not sleep very well last night, am well

The mail brought letters from his brother Ted, from Janie, and from her sister Claire. There was also a box from Jack Worsley, the brother-in-law of his landlord when they both lodged at 31 Vine Avenue in Toronto.

Map Arras Lens facing page 67 Lievin markedThe mail doesn’t make up for the fact that the new location in Liévin is less comfortable than the old gunpits. According to the battery historian, the new position, “known as the camouflage position, or the ‘Beer-garden,’ was on the outskirts of the town, back of the Bois de [Riaumont]. The six gun pits of elephant iron, and sandbags, were under one big piece of green camouflage, together with the control pit and dug-outs for the crews all joined by a duck board walk. It was New Year’s Day when we moved into this place, with snow on the ground. It covered the camouflage as well, but we had forebodings as to what would happen when the sun came out and exposed a long strip of grassgreen on the snow for Fritz’s planes to look at.” (1)

(1) MacArthur, D.C. The History of the Fifty-Fifth Battery, CFA. 1919. 25-26. The map comes from this source also, facing page 67.

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