Redange, Luxembourg Dec. 1st, 1918 Dear Trude: Just received your letter and address so will answer immediately. The war is over, that is the fighting is, but that does not mean we are out of the army. Our division started it’s last battle of the war on the first of Nov. and the day the Armistice was signed, followed Fritz out of France, through Belgium and Luxembourg. It certainly has been interesting although we saw very many pitiful sights. Prices are terribly high; imagine sugar candy costing five dollars a pound, everything about the same values. I am now top Sgt. of the section and as the Lieut. is away am running the outfit. Have been notified that I was recommended for the Croix de Guerre in the last battle, repairing and handling of cars under fire, haven’t had it pinned on yet but expect it will be some day when we stop moving about so much. Up until the war ended we worried about the finish, now we worry about the length of time before we start for home. Suppose you have heard about Theron visiting me during the last battle, his running for the abri in the middle of the night when Fritz bombarded us, visiting the front posts, getting souvenirs etc. Well I am enclosing a picture of that hero and also one of myself “for the girls to admire.” Theron and I were in Paris together and had a mighty pleasant time, where the picture was taken. From the looks of it, I have been burned, it’s not true of course I am a bit wrinkled about the eyes and forehead, but not lined as in the picture. Theron of course looks natural. Now you might be interested to know what battles I took part in since coming to France? Well on arrival went into the Champagne sector near Chalons sur Marne. From there went to Sossion sur Aisne, where we held that sector until March, when we went up to Ham- St. Quention, Montdidier sur Somme to stop Fritz in the big drive on the English. This was where I was decorated. From there we took part in the battle of Chemin des Dames, when Fritz drove for Paris. We were at Chateau Thierry when the Americans helped to drive Fritz back. From there we went to Alscace, the province Germany took from France in 1870 where we stayed until Sept. 1st. Then came to the Champagne again above Chalons sur Marne at Souain. Opened our attack the 25th of Sept. after an 11 hour barrage. Took the famous Hindenburg lines and have never stopped since. We attack from Sept 25 to Oct. 17th, 10 days repoe on reserve. Then attack again, two days rest and opened again on Nov. 1st. Rest on the 9th-11th, started to take Fritz out of the country and after this length of time arrived here. You can see that action has been ours all the time. The action for which I have been cited this time took place the fourth of November. Well Trude this may reach you by Christmas so will send you the only thing that a soldier has in abundance, a lot of love, and you know me? Merry Christmas, Ted. FROM: E.A. Littlefield SSU 64R Par BCM Paris France TO: Miss Gertrude Turner Girls Collegiate School Adams & Hoover Sts Los Angelos, Cal. USA.
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