Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Oct

22

1943

Spike Milligan returns to the front line

Gunners pick up shells in a flooded 5.5-inch gun position on the Volturno front, October 1943.

0430: the Artillery opened up and fired non-stop until 0624, then a silence. From the distant hill we hear the dreadful sound of Spandaus and Schmeisers that are spraying the early morning with bullets, and I can’t but wonder at the courage of these lads in the Guards Brigade forward into it. What a terrible, unexplainable lunacy. There must have been a lot of casualties as there was talk of us having to send gravedigging parties.