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Loose Change: War is hell

Sometimes, the horrors of war are best told through the words of those that fight it.

4 OCT

DEAREST CLAIRE,

WE EXPECT TO MEET THE FIRST OTTAWA BATALLION SOMETIME WEDNESDAY EVENING STOP CONFIDENCE IS HIGH AMONGST THE BOYS STOP SHOULD BE HOME SOON STOP CAN'T WAIT TO TASTE THAT PRIZED HAM STOP

5 OCT

DEAREST CLAIRE,

FIGHTING IS HEAVIER THAN FIRST EXPECTED STOP THESE BLOODY REDS APPEAR MORE DETERMINED STOP NEEDN'T WORRY LOVE STOP TRUST IN THE BLUE AND WHITE STOP

6 OCT

DEAREST CLAIRE,

SLIGHT SETBACK LAST NIGHT STOP KEY CASUALTIES BUT MINIMAL DAMAGE STOP NEW RECRUITS APPEAR A LITTLE GREEN STOP GENERAL QUINN REMAINS CONFIDENT STOP MAY NEED TO PUT THAT HAM ON LOW HEAT LOVE STOP

30 OCT

DEAREST CLAIRE,

WE LOOKED DEEP INTO THE EYE OF THE ENEMY LAST NIGHT STOP THEY POSSESS AN UNSPEAKABLE EVIL STOP CASUALTIES HEAVY STOP SUPPLIES DEPLETING STOP LT BELFOUR MAY BE LOSING HIS FACULTIES STOP THOSE BLOODY REDS HAVE SPUNK STOP MAY NEED TO COVER THAT HAM STOP

18 DEC

DEAREST CLAIRE,

CAN'T BE SURE THIS CORRESPONDENCE WILL EVER FIND YOU STOP I FEAR BLOODY REDS MAY EMPLOY THE DEVIL HIMSELF STOP CARNAGE EVERYWHERE STOP HQ IN SHAMBLES STOP CHAIN OF COMMAND BREAKING DOWN STOP INSURRECTION WIDESPREAD STOP MAY NEVER AGAIN TASTE YOUR TENDER KISS OR THAT SWEET HAM STOP

20 DEC

DEAREST CLAIRE,

FEAR MOUNTS AS WE AWAIT TOMORROW STOP EACH PASSING MINUTE WEIGHS HEAVILY ON THOSE FEW LEFT HERE TO DEFEND OUR NATION STOP CONFIDENCE HAS GIVEN WAY TO PRAYER STOP GENERAL QUINN SPEAKS BUT NO ONE KNOWS TO WHOM STOP LT BELFOUR STARES OFF INTO THE DISTANCE EVEN DURING BATTLE STOP WE COMPLAIN ABOUT THE LACK OF SNIPERS AND DEFENDERS BUT HQ REMAINS OBLIVIOUS STOP WE SWEAT NOT IN DROPS BUT IN GALLONS STOP I MAY HAVE JUST SOILED MY KHAKIS ONCE AGAIN STOP

22 DEC

DEAREST WIFE,

BODIES LIE EVERYWHERE STOP I WILL NEVER AGAIN FEAR THE BOWELS OF HELL FOR I NOW LIVE WITHIN THEM STOP I NOW FEEL THE PAIN OF THAT PRIZED HAM BOTH OF US WITNESS TO HIS OWN SLAUGHTER STOP THE REDS GROW STRONGER BY THE SECOND AS IF FED BY OUR DESPAIR STOP GENERAL QUINN AGAIN MUTTERS TO HIMSELF THAT BLASTED OLD MAN STOP IT IS NOW TRULY EVERY MAN ON HIS OWN STOP THIS DEMENTED TORTURE CAN TURN A MAN INTO A MOUSE AND A LEADER INTO AN OSTRICH STOP WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR BELOVED KINGDOM STOP

23 DEC

TO WHOMEVER SHALL RECEIVE THIS,

THIS IS THE WORST MORN OF ALL STOP THE REDS ARE GIDDY WITH DELIGHT STOP THEY TAUNT US FROM ACROSS THE BATTLEFIELD WITH THOSE FOUR BLOODY NUMBERS STOP 1-9-6-7 STOP 1-9-6-7 STOP MY MIND CANNOT STAY FOCUSED ON ANYTHING BUT MY NEED TO RELEASE BODY FLUIDS STOP I SWEAR THEIR NUMBERS HAVE GROWN TENFOLD STOP THEIR ARMY MUST BE TWELVE MILLION STRONG STOP I FIGHT THE URGE TO POKE OUT MY EYES WITH MY ONCE TRUSTY STICK STOP THE GROUND SHAKES STOP CPL BERG STARTS TO SCREAM ONCE AGAIN STOP THE REDS APPROACH

24 DEC

SOS,

THOSE BLOODY BLIGHTERS SIMPLY TOY WITH US NOW STOP NO LONGER IS IT ENOUGH FOR THEM TO SIMPLY STAMPEDE OVER US BUT NOW THEY TEASE US WITH THE FAINTEST GLIMMER OF HOPE BEFORE CUTTING OUR THROATS WITH IT STOP TROOPS BEG FOR ADMITTANCE INTO THE INFIRMARY STOP GENERAL QUINN FEELS THE TIDE MAY HAVE TURNED BUT WHO IS LISTENING ANYMORE STOP WORD COMES FROM HQ THAT HELP MAY SOON ARRIVE BUT THE TROOPS PUT MORE TRUST IN SNOW WHITE THAN ADMIRAL FERGUSON STOP I AM REMINDED OF AN OLD POEM STOP YE ONCE WAS GREAT STOP A MIGHTY FORCE STOP A MIGHT THE STRENGTH OF TEN STOP BUT THE YEARS ARE HEAVY STOP AND THY ARMS GROW WEAK STOP YE PLAY LIKE GIRLY MEN STOP

PS SEND THAT HAM STOP

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