Attrition and Troop Replacements

Throughout the latter part of December (1944) and the months of January and February (1945) there is a continuous flow of men in and out of the organization. Many men are lost to all types of sickness, and as the Company keeps losing strength more and more replacements come up to the line to fill in.

Trench foot and Yellow Jaundice are the most common maladies. Both are quite serious and will keep men off the line a long time if not permanently. Also, men go off the line as a result of combat fatigue due to mental strain and the miserable climatic conditions.

Bill seems to be holding up well despite the considerable hardships he is facing.


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