Letter: Mysterious Wessex

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The Independent Culture
Sir: John Walsh's contention (21 June) that Wessex is a fictional concept will come as a surprise to former members of the 43rd (Wessex) Infantry Division. As they fought their way from Normandy to the Baltic in 1944-45 they were quite convinced that real shells, real bombs and real machine-gun bullets were coming their way. Never mind, the soldier's phrase for such fire was "all the shit flying about", and no doubt they will classify Mr Walsh's effusion in similar terms.


Blakesley, Northamptonshire