12th April 1919 Saturday

The Thaw Begins but No Let Up for the 85th General

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“On Saturday, April 12th, it rained for the first time this year. It was very dull and mild all day, and the snow disappeared rapidly all day. One had to wade through about a foot of water in the streets. Two days after this we were able to bask in the sun after lunch. There appears to be no spring out here, but a rapid change from hard frost, and biting winds, to sunny skies, and warm days. Of course the ground was still white – a dirty white now – with snow, and the river still blocked up with ice.

Things got busier than ever in our hospital. Convoys of wounded and sick arrived almost every day. The operating theatre was very busy, and we were often at work in there till late on at night.”

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