GWL 15th May 1915

A much quieter day.  Let us hope things are settling down here after a thorough shake-up.  My poor regiment; it has done splendidly.  The Brigade has had telegrams from Joffre and sundry big wigs, but what we want more than millions of telegrams is a rest.  Get somewhere where we cannot hear a gun and where a bath is not completely non-existent.

Your letters have all come up to the 10th.  Also the parcel with the ginger and creme de menthe.  Thank you all so much.  It has been raining rather a lot the last two days, but the sun has come out again a bit this evening, which makes things brighter.

The Lusitania incident is pretty bad.  How this war has brought out the utter impotence of America in European politics.  It is rather pathetic in a way, considering the manner in which Americans are won’t to speak of the greatness and power of their country.  The truth is that they are quite powerless and Germany knows it.

And how is your cooking?  I am not much of a hand at it myself.  The loathely buttered egg is about all I can manage with any prospect of success.  My servant is not bad though.  There is a beastly little fly that is becoming rather a nuisance now.  He bites and looks like a sandfly, but the bite does not irritate much.  I must stop now.”

The RMS Lusitania, a Cunard liner, was sunk by “U-20” on May 7th off the coast of Southern Ireland with the loss of almost 1200 lives.  George’s disdain for the Americans was a widely held view of the time and the initial American reaction to the sinking was unremarkable.  Shells which failed to explode at the Front were known as Wilsons after President Woodrow Wilson.  However, public opinion in the US started to turn against Germany culminating in American entry into the War in April 1917.


{next post 19th May}

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