They wrote it this week: A cynical soldier and a gay grand duke’s guilt
Extracts from diaries and letters written between July 22 and July 28
1918, the Western Front, Belgium: How soldiers really think
[To his confidante, Katharine Asquith] I am still here, “here” means I am still a Hussar but we have made several moves lately. The last one in the right direction – that is towards safety. The General said he was sorry we had a disappointment in not fighting. It is a disappointment I bear with a smiling countenance. I wonder if Generals really believe that I would enjoy a battle. They can have very little imagination; a very dim picture of what passes through my mind...