GWL 5th May 1919

“Very warm here.  Things seem quite quiet, but there may be something happening to the North of the Caucasus in the next fortnight or so.  It is hard to say.  They say our relief arrives in Batum on the 7th………. When once they arrive, I think it is only a matter of days before our Cadre moves off.  It seems too good to be true.  I shall be very sorry to say goodbye to some people here.  I do hope they will come to Europe some time before the die and that you will see them.  Lord they are a queer mixture.  I have learnt a lot since I have been here……. and I realise as I have never done before what a splendid thing it is to be an Englishman.

“I have just come to the conclusion that I am getting beastly grey.  Not much balder but very grey.”

The activity to the North of the Caucasus probably refers to the ongoing Russian Civil War.  Britain continued to support White Russian forces with arms, money, food and expertise.  Under General Denikin the White forces continued to make significant gains.

{next post 10th May}

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