It's not a different language: It's written in shorthand.
(Can't read that; I learned it in school a long time ago, but have not used it since then and pretty much forgot all about it.)
Thanks for the help HPL2008, this written in shorthand its new for me.
I thought it may be shorthand but with it being German i couldn't be sure , i wonder if he was trying to beat the censor ??
The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )
1st July 1916
Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader
House Carles at the Battle of Hastings
Back then, writing & reading shorthand was such a common and widespread skill*) within the administrative/clerical/mercantile professions that it would have been unrealistic to assume that nobody at the censor's office would be able to read it.
It seems more likely to me that the man who wrote the letter knew the recipients were able to read shorthand and so he used it to save writing time and letter space. Time and/or paper may well have been scarce when he wrote it.
*) I still had to learn it in the 1980s as a standard part of my school's curriculum.
Granted, it may be a useful skill for certain situations, but I absolutely hated it... and even as a teenage boy was quite certain that I would never take up a career as a typist or court stenographer.
I made the firm resolution to never use it after graduation and forget all about it as quickly as possible. Kept that resolution, too.
Last edited by HPL2008; 04-13-2013 at 11:41 PM.