CHAPTER XIX
ON HIS OWN

OF course Tommy cannot always be producing plays under fire but while in rest billets he has numerous other ways of amusing himself. He is a great gambler, but never plays for large stakes. Generally, in each Company, you will find a regular Canfield. This man banks nearly all the games of chance and is an undisputed authority on the rules of gambling. Whenever there is an argument among the Tommies about some uncertain point as to whether Houghton is entitled to Watkins' sixpence, the matter is taken to the recognized authority and his decision is final.

The two most popular games are "Crown and Anchor" and "House."

The paraphernalia used in "Crown and Anchor" consists of a piece of canvas two feet by three feet. This is divided into six equal squares. In these squares are painted a club, diamond, heart, spade, crown, and an anchor, one device to a square.

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  • Title Page i
  • To My Mother and My Sister iii
  • Foreword v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Over the Top 1
  • Chapter II- Blighty to Rest Billets 12
  • Chapter III- I Go to Church 24
  • Chapter IV- "Into the Trench" 27
  • Chapter V- Mud, Rats, and Shells 33
  • Chapter VI- "Back of the Line" 39
  • Chapter VII- Rations 46
  • Chapter VIII- The Little Wooden Cross 54
  • Chapter IX- Suicide Annex 60
  • Chapter X- "The Day''s Work" 63
  • Chapter XI- Over the Top 69
  • Chapter XII- Bombing 78
  • Chapter XIII- My First Official Bath 87
  • Chapter XIV- Picks and Shovels 92
  • Chapter XV- Listening Post 103
  • Chapter XVI- Battery D 238 108
  • Chapter XVII- Out in Front 131
  • Chapter XVIII- Staged under Fire 135
  • Chapter XIX- On His Own 145
  • Chapter XX- "Chats with Fritz" 158
  • Chapter XXI- About Turn 167
  • Chapter XXII- Punishments and Machine-Gun Stunts 177
  • Chapter XXIII- Gas Attacks and Spies 187
  • Chapter XXIV- The Firing Squad 204
  • Chapter XXV- Preparing for the Big Push 234
  • Chapter XXVI- All Quiet () on the Western Front 242
  • Chapter XXVII- Blighty 262
  • "Tommy''s Dictionary of the Trenches" 281
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