Hun aeroplane flys overhead when L/c Macqueen & I are in trenches. The Maltese cross easily discernable.
The 42nd & 49 scared to open up with maxims for fear of exposing their positions – ROTTEN!!
Thousands of rats in our dugout at Zillebeke. One horse & one man struck by bullets.
*Maltese Cross- What Draycott actually saw was the Iron cross, a symbol very similar to the Maltese cross but with a slight variation in shape. The Iron cross was originally the symbol for the Teutonic Knights starting in the early 11th century but later became a German military symbol from 1871 to 1918. In 1918 nearing the end of the war it was changed to another similar symbol the Bar Cross. See an example of the Iron cross below.