Liévin, March 3, 1918

Sunday        Wet and a heavy fog all day, & cold at 7 this am 2 rds per gun was [sic] fired at J.R. target, Fritz was fairly active up forward all day, our guns did a little snipping [sic], Busy all day on svns [Souvenirs?] am in the pink 10 o’c

JR gothic.JPG
The 13th Brigade War Diary says that all its batteries were involved in this early-morning crash “on an area of activity.” (1) J.R.* is probably a generic reference to German infantry: the I of “Infantrie Regiment” in German Gothic script certainly resembles a J.

Canadian infantry—and French civilians—appear in Augustus John’s unfinished “Canadians Opposite Lens.”


AUGUSTUS JOHN_ Canadians opposite Lens

The mural was commissioned by Lord Beaverbrook  and was intended for a war memorial art gallery that was never built. John never finished the painting, and after his death it was sold to a private owner. Fifty years later, in 2011, it was acquired by the Canadian War Museum. It shows French civilians and Canadian infantrymen.

* Thanks for the suggestion to Ted Walshe, who publishes another day-by-day report in real-time-plus-a-hundred-years, this one of the 61st Battery, 14th Brigade, CFA.

(1) War Diary of the 13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Vol. 14: 3. March 3, 1918. Library and Archives of Canada.

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