France, July 21/18

Dear Emma; –

Your letter of July 16 came to hand this morning. I had a letter from Margaret yesterday but did not have one from you. I had a few bunches of Calgary papers from Dr. Chambers this morning.

It was a beautiful night last night, cloudy and windy. Hence we were not troubled by Hun planes and everybody had a good sleep. There was church parade this morning, but attendance was voluntary so of course I didn’t attend. There is almost a gale of wind blowing this afternoon and after lunch I lay down and slept for a couple hours.

Yesterday’s paper which reached us to day gives encouraging news of the French counter attack. It may not go very much further of course but in any case the German offensive seems to be pretty well held up. The British have not been heavily engaged now for some time but I suppose our turn will come before long. The Australians have been doing excellent work again lately.

I have given up all idea of leave for the present. There will probably be heavy fighting for the next two months. If by the end of September there is no immediate prospect of either side scoring a decided success the war will probably settle down more or less for another winter. Then leave should open. Two years ago during the Somme fighting there was no leave in our division until October. I remember that I was the first to go from our battalion. We shall have our leave in France next Winter.

Do not worry about me. Things are very quiet our way. Must try to write to Margaret to-morrow. Am pleased to know that you are sleeping well.

Your loving husband
Harold W. McGill

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