The following is an excerpt from Journals of War, which describes some of the observations of
Captain E. J. McCully during World War II:
I was in a particularly reflective mood tonight on the drive back
from Lichtenbusch . . . I passed through the Siegfried Line with gaunt
and burned-out pillboxes staring at me, their empty casemates like the
eyes of a malignant skull. Rows and rows of the famed and pictured
“Dragon’s Teeth” painted a bilious green. “Quaint” farmhouses, in
reality, almost invulnerable pillboxes, now broken and burned. As dusk
fell, I found myself in the heart of the Wald Forest or in English, “Wild”
Forest. Its sinister appearance gave the reason for the name as self-evident.
I was forced to drive blackout, as enemy snipers and troops
were prevalent in the area, and my anxiety was somewhat caused by
the fact that I was following an illegible overlay, for they still refuse to
issue me adequate maps, although I must make these trips. Made it
okay, however, and arrived back at Moresnet in utter blackness . . .