anzio dugout GI poems

I found these poems folded up very neatly & tucked into one of my Dad's

pocket diaries from the war. They look almost as if they were just put there yesterday.

He must've cut them out from the Anzio Beachhead News.


My Shanty by Sgt S.E. Babcock:


My window frame's a K ration box,

My stove's a five-gallon can;

My lights are made from coffee tins

Burning grease from the frying pan.

I built this shack in the mountains of Italy one day,

I built it out of mud and rocks

To keep shrapnel away.

I call it Home Sweet Home

Though it lacks steam heat and such;

There's only one thing it's needing

And that's a woman's touch!


A Dugout at Anzio by Lt Col Frank R. Drake:


It's not like a palace or villa ornate

With fence all around and a pretty white gate;

No path lined with roses approaches the door

To buoy up my spirits or lighten a chore.


The walls have no windows, the plumbing is nil.

I wake every morning with a cough or a chill;

The rain trickles in at a horrible rate,

Good God, was I destined to suffer this fate?


But, Brother, when Jerry is throwing them in,

And bombs crash around to add to the din,

I don't want a vine or a house with a door -

Just that little dugout so close to shore.


Adjustable Quarters by Pvt Ben Shud:


I think that I shall never see

A one man foxhole that won't hold three.

For when the guns begin to blast

No one runs around to ask;

"Is this my foxhole? The one I dug?

Or was it made by some other mug?"

Hurry the better! For all your worth,

And get protection from Mother Earth.

A wee bit crowded, yes siree

A one-man foxhole and in it three.


Mary Ann: I can relate to the last poem. Rocky

Love the poems! Those are precious, and I'm so glad you shared them with us. :pdt34:
Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"

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