November 3rd, 2003


Markham Valley Pole Line

Weekend work mostly writing up activities of the Australian and American signals linesmen.

The channels of the Leron change as often as every hour. Fifteen minutes after a safe crossing at one point, it may become a tearing torrent.

What can happen to vehicles caught in it was shown by the experience of one of the Signal Corps soldiers fording the Leron. In a shallow portion he perceived an automobile radiator cap lying in the mud. He stooped to pick it up but he couldn't budge it, because attached to the cap was a tractor, completely buried in the mud. It was believed to have been lost by an engineer unit that had tried to get through previously. Efforts to dig it up were futile.