The Letters of Arthur Martin-Leake March 1918
Read by Nicholas Blatchley
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My dear Mammy
Many thanks for your letter of 8th. Am very sorry you were so much upset by the Boche. He is a detestable swine & must be finished completely. I do not remember where the brick fields at Hadham are but it sounds as if he wasted his bombs by dropping them there. It was probably quite near enough to Hadham to wake them up a bit, & if no damage was done this may perhaps be a good thing. Paris has had another visit, but from what I can hear, they don’t mind much & it only has the effect of making them very angry. The Boche towns are now having a real bad time & he is getting quite as much as he gives & perhaps more.
Hope your food arrangements are going well. The towns seem to be doing all right, but the country people in parts are hard up, from news one gets from people returning from leave. This may not be correct as opinions differ so much upon what is short ration.
We are still having the most perfect weather — quite wonderful for the time of year.
There is every chanced of our new man hanging himself pretty quickly, so we are quite cheerful.
Best love & hoping you are quite fit.
Y[ou]r affect[iona]te son