27th December 1914 (Sunday)

 

War in the trenches…

The history books fall silent this week, as though nothing of significance could happen between the “Christmas Truce” and “1915”. But the diaries tell a different story. An anonymous British nursing sister documents the risk of drowning in “deep-water trenches”, as conveyed by one of her patients:

“Of three officers in a deep water trench for two days, one was drowned, the other had to have his clothes cut off him (stuck in the mud) and be pulled out naked, and the other is invalided with rheumatism”

[Diary of nursing sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915: entry for 27th December 1914]

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