…I’m not suffering as much as most, a young gentleman has been learning to walk again yet he still wants to get back to the frontline. Yes, I am returning to the frontline soon so that’s why I took this opportunity to write.
We had strict orders not to take prisoners, no matter if wounded my first job was when I had
finished cutting some of their wire away, to empty my magazine on 3 Germans that came out of one of the deep dugouts they were bleeding badly begging for them to be put out of their misery.
They cried for mercy, but I had my orders, they had no feeling what so ever for us … it makes my head jump to think about it.”
Private Arthur Hubbard, while in the hospital suffering from shell shock, July 7, 1916.