This letter and the letter of 28 April 1918 describe George's first experiences at the battle front. He does not reveal the location, due to military censorship, but at this time the 42nd Division was guarding a section of the front around Baccarat, Dept. Moselle. George's discharge papers state that he was stationed in "Raucourt" from March-May 1918. I cannot find any village by this name in the vicinity of Baccarat, at least on modern maps. However, there is a village named "Haraucourt", located about halfway between Nancy and Luneville--too far west for the 42nd, but still in the American sector.

March 5 / 1918

Dear Sister Alice,
Received your last two letters some time ago but they were lost in a little accident that must have burried them under the ground. I got a letter from Elizabeth and one from Clarin Smith yesterday. He wrote about being home on a furlough and expects to get over here soon. It seems we are first in one place and then another. It happens we finally wound up in a pretty large town about 200 population, including horses and cows. Our sleeping quarters are in the upper berth of a barn above the

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cows. The most interesting thing in this place is the cow trough where we wash our faces. If a fellow wants to wash his face he has to get up before the cows so he can get standing room around the trough, when the cows and horses are through drinking, and the fellows finish washing, the French women use it to wash clothes. The weather has been warm so nobody minds a little thing like that. The front has been quiet for some time o/c of the big battle on the British front but can expect it to be real lively soon. Our regiment has finally come together again

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after being scattered in different places. Our Co. has been on detached service for ovr a month and were the last to get back to the Regiment. Probably this place will be our permanent headquarters. Were were greeted this morning by a few Hun Aeroplanes that flew very low but, they did not start anything, they probably were taking a few pictures. They must have got my picture for one went right over me and I was looking face up. Well Alice I am glad to hear you are still the same. Helping Mama going to school, doing Red Cross work, observing meatless days, etc. Everything is fine with

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me but one thing. You know that Christmas comfort kit, including my rasor and a number of other things, are now only history. A shell hit the place they happened to be sitting and blew them to pieces but will replace them in a few days if I can buy such things here. It is nearly supper time so I must close, everybody has left here but me: Alice write often it may happen I cannot answer every letter, but will let you know they were received. It is sometimes hard to get a chance to write on account moving around and being away. from the Co.

With love and best wishes
Your Brother George

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