Arthur Douglas Crease Letters, Diaries and Scrapbooks
Letters from Arthur Douglas Crease of Victoria to his brother Lindley Crease and his mother Sarah Crease; instructions for the offensive of July 26, 1917; a regimental notebook, diaries and scrapbook. Learn more.
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One - a skein of bright copper wires stretched across the opening of an arch of fine trees with splendid foliage and clean columnar stems - the glitter of the wires thrown up by a background of dark blue distance.
Another - a field of rye, the green gold feathery heads veiling a groundwork of scarlet poppies revealed by every breath of the breeze.
I have seen no sunsets equal to our own.
Another memorable incident was the gathering by night in the square of a village of the staffs of various cavalry units all shapes seen dimly the positions of each commanding offer marked by a [illegible]. The low words of command, the champing of bits, the movements of restless horses on the pavé & then the move off to the attack. Tanks of all sorts are almost as common at times as ordinary transport. They are always rather impressive with their massive yet mobile strength. They can turn so quickly that if you were to give one a kick behind he could turn & crush you before you could get away. It is very interesting to see 20 or 30 whippets on the trail. You know they move very fast about 12 miles an hour & they are very handy. If they are tired of going by road they just run up on a railway track
BC Archives, MS-0055 Box 15 File 4 / CREASE FAMILY / Letters from Arthur Douglas Crease to his brother, Lindley Crease, 1918.