The Phantom Blooper by Gustav Hasford

By Gustav Hasford

The Phantom Blooper is a 1990 novel written by way of Gustav Hasford and the sequel to The Short-Timers (1979). It keeps to persist with James T. "Joker" Davis via his Vietnam odyssey. The e-book used to be purported to be the second one of a "Vietnam Trilogy", yet Hasford died quickly after finishing it, and prior to writing the 3rd installment.

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No letters yet. January 10. Been to the docks to work again to-day, unloading timber from trucks. Rode down and back this time. They are saying tonight that we are going away tomorrow. Can’t tell. Got letters tonight, very glad. 5 City in Normandy, France, on the River Seine that was used as a depot during the war. A number of Allied hospitals were located in the city’s outskirts. 6 company 7 Janet S. K. Watson, Fighting Different Wars: Experience, Memory, and the First World War in Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), argues that individuals were disposed to view their contribution to the war effort, frequently but not exclusively, according to their own social class, either in terms of work (especially manual laborers) or of service (members of the middle class).

Went into trenches last night at mid-night. It was dark as pitch, raining in torrents and blowing a gale. Up to knees in water in some parts of trenches. Pretty rotten for the infantry, but they seem cheerful enough. March 28. Rain again. Fairly quiet up the line. We kept in our huts all day. Not much pleasure in going out walking. March 29. Weather a little better. The enemy were rather quiet tonight although they sent over a few trench-mortars. Our party peppered them well with rifle grenades early this morning.

Snow and very cold again today. Did not hear much of the Germans in the sap today, but we are taking the same precautions. Saw several observation balloons up today, but they soon came down again when it started snowing. Aeroplanes too ( 28 ) Commitment and Sacrifice are flying very low owing to the bad weather conditions. Had some fine views of our planes flying low over-head. March 7. Still snowing and very frosty. Things very quiet in the trenches with the exception of some trench mortars and rifle grenade work on both sides.

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