Leighton, Roland, Letter, 20-21 April 1915

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to Vera Brittain

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Case Study: 
Violets from the Trenches: Selections from the Letters of Roland Leighton and Vera Brittain
Creator: 
Leighton, Roland
Source: 
letter
Date: 
20-21 April 1915
Place: France
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
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Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format.

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00001445-2
Language: 
eng
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trenches are in the middle of a vast wood of tall straight trees at least the support and reverse trenches are inside the wood, the fire trenches on the front edge. We have held the whole of this wood since the beginning of November and it is all a maze of small paths and isolated huts and breastworks. My own dug-out is in the second line, about 180 to 200 yards behind the fire trenches on the wood-edge. Hence the possibility of having primroses planted in front, behind the shelter of the breastwork. Half my platoon is in this support line and half in the fire trenches so that I have to divide my time equally between them, except that of course I have my meals and sleep (when I have the time) down here, where there is cover from view, if not altogether from fire. As a matter of fact the wood is all exposed to shell-fire; and two of our men since yesterday morning have been hit by snipers as far back as in the third line. One bullet whistled past my head as I was shaving this morning just round the corner. Yesterday afternoon we were shelled for some time; and had our first man killed – shot through the head.
The portion of the line we are holding here is one of the best known, and much too strong now to be retaken by the Germans. It is probable that they will keep us here for some time – perhaps as long as two months. We