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This account of the Spring Offensive, 1918, is the most arresting and visually compelling of any. William won the DSO for his courage.
This account of the Spring Offensive, 1918, is the most arresting and visually compelling of any. William won the DSO for his courage.
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21st March 1918, Spring Offensive

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 'I had always thought that if ever I was caught in the OP when battle was in Progress that I should have plenty of time, when the two sides were locked in combat, to make my getaway because it had always been stressed on me that it was no part of an FOO's duty to be killed!

Will Crowder (Adam Fox).
Will Crowder (Adam Fox).

Nothing went according to plan on this occasion. When this mist began to clear away, I saw figures of men where our lines were but they were not distinct enough to be sure whether they were our own men or the enemy.

I was not in doubt long for very soon machine gun bullets began to whizz past us and in a short time we heard men moving about in the trench between us and the rearguard. 

There we were, as I observed at the time, "like rats in a trap". We confided in our Battery Commander and Brigade and told them of our predicament and were actually talking to them with the Germans in the trench outside. I have to admit it was frightening.

I was told to continue to report as long as possible but that if anything occurred to prevent this I was to cut the wire...

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