The following has been slightly modified, to protect the guilty:
Troops arrived promptly on schedule; ammunition and supplies, scheduled to be available here not later than Friday last, instead arrived four hours later. Ammunition was mostly in the wrong caliber; after considerable delay, a small amount was matched to one (1) gun. I'm told the big shells may not be here for quite some time. Your office expressed somewhat whimsical mild dismay when I made inquiries.
No communication equipment of any kind was sent. When asked, your office replied that it was "hardwired into a box we don't usually send for squad-level jobs," and asked if perhaps I had something I could lend.
After an entire day of what could, with charity, be described as slight progress, I was informed that one-third of the men you sent were for that day only, and will be transported elsewhere starting this morning.
The enemy was not contacted. This is just as well, for with support like yours, all they really need to do is keep their boots polished and their teeth brushed until we have defeated ourselves.
Lt. R. J. Ecks
T. R. MCELROY'S STREAMLINED TELEGRAPH KEYS
8 months ago