In the letter John describes living conditions on the front lines in France; the shooting down of a German plane ("our first glimpse of war"); and the excitement most of the men feel during the fighting: "We stood on a hill under the moonlight last night, listening to a continuous roar of cannon, and watching the sky line flash with light and hearing the buzz of airoplanes [sic]. Beyond question, it was fascinating - to such an extent that thoughts of 'making the world safe for Democracy' had to be summoned as a legitimate excuse for enjoying the situation."
Creator: John Durr
Date: March 23, 1918
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History