Transcription:: Article in "CORKS AND CURLS" by R.H.Baker. Jr.
four, of which one went to our lieutenant.*
As every one knows, in March Jerry started his big push, and
out division was ordered to start for the north, with a new division.
We had a wonderful trip and at the end of it we found ourselves in
another foreign country, Belgium. The Ypres salient behind Kammil
Hill was out immediate sector, and the time was the early part of May.
I'll never forget that rip to the front; in the first place, it is
the only real bad part of the war I saw. We stayed in for fifteen
days and out poor "Froggies" were pretty badly done up. We lost 70
percent of them. A great many were gassed and probably got perfectly
Up there we were only used for the front and it was really
all we could do. A man was supposed to be on twenty-four hours, and
off twenty-four, but there were very many times when the whole Section
was goin at full blast. Even out Packard truck and two staff cars
were in use for slightly wounded men.
There was an abundance of artillery on both sides, and Jerry
surely did seem to love to play on the roads. Especially one cross-
roads, that we had to go around, drew fire, like honey draws flies. I
don't want to make it look like we were in it thicker that we were, but
it looked to me like Providence lent a very helping hand to our boys
while we were in that scrap. The escapes I saw some of the boys have
seemed so remarkable that I couldn't but think there was some Great
Power that was guiding the movements of the drivers to spare them for
the work of mercy they were doing. Our "Poste de Secours" was hit
*(Collaboarator's note): - Of which one also went to Mr. Baker himself.