FulcrumHe knew what a cushy one was, and a whizz-bang and a coal bucket. Breathing hoarsely through open mouth he pored over drawings and photographs to find examples of sandbag traverse, sap and listening post. Trench sounds were familiar too: the faint plop of the German mortar; the ping of a rifle bullet striking the barbed wire and tumbling away into the woods behind the lines; the mad minute of artillery before the attack.

The July Broadsheet Story is Fulcrum by Martin Cooper. It was first published in Ambit magazine.

Martin Cooper’s novel Cold Hillside and his short story collection Dandelion Sky are available as ebooks.

Cold Hillside


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