Fixed up aerial in fair position,
said to be only temporary.
Wish this blasted war was finished.
God how I wish I was with Gertie
this evening, as in days gone by.
Turner came and condemned aerial
– who the devil wouldn’t, must think I’m a damn magician.
Day behind in these notes.
Shifted to little hut, built on
side of bank on left hand side of valley.
Seems as if it is going to be a
considerable time after all in coming off.
Day quiet, rotten weather.
Nothing of importance to note.
German attack repulsed at Lihons (St. Quentin), 10 miles
to the south of HTT.
Jolly busy, some day now from to .
30 ruddy pages of signals, about
fed up.Small shoot with 9th
Siege registered one target.
Siege Battery, RGA team pulling 8”
Working D50 this morning, Capt
Robson up.Bosche brought down
west of Carnoy.
Snooty officer at D50, shall
complain to Lieut Turner.
Just heard from Major that strafe
beginning today or tomorrow.The
lord be with us.Bosche
machines active, one brought down.
Turner came – have got to work
aeroplane and battery wireless all during strafe, heigh ho it’s a short
life and a gay one.
very heavy over French lines, only our field batteries firing.Heavy strafe all night.
As a precursor
to the Battle of the Somme a week-long artillery bombardment
started on 24th June 1916 with a tremendous artillery assault
that, according to reports, rattled windows in London more than 160 miles
away.During the week 1.6
million shells were fired.
The purpose of this bombardment was to obliterate the
German positions so that the British troops could then move forward
However, Britain's failure on the
Somme can be directly attributed to the
ineffectiveness of this bombardment. Many - up to 30% - of the shells
fired during the first week of the offensive were duds that failed to
explode. In addition, the British had insufficient numbers of the heavy
guns and high-explosive shells needed to destroy the German positions.
Terrific bombardment all day, had a
good aeroplane shoot this evening, had four guns firing.
Shelling kept up all night, not
many land over here.
From Haig:“On the 25th June the Royal Flying Corps carried out a general
attack on the enemy's observation balloons, destroying nine of them, and
depriving the enemy for the time being of this form of observation.”
Still bombarding, more so if
anything, cannot make out what Luggie has in store for us, only a few here
and there that he puts over.
Still busy on wireless.
Same as yesterday – continual
bombardment.Very dull and
cloudy so had a little bit of rest today.Have got to be right in vanguard of advance, hey ho.
Definition:vanguard -the part of an army or navy that leads an attack on an enemy
Slight lull in bombardment at
times, still heavy though.Going
over has been postponed a few days.
While there’s life there’s
Long aeroplane shoot this morning,
very successful, also one this evening, no hun however.Big aerial activity by Germans this evening.I saw 2 bosches brought down.
Aerial work quiet until this
evening, wicked then.
Artillery fairly active.Boys meant to go over tomorrow morning.
Shells very near hut this morning.
[from memorandum] Thousands of
infantry going up to trenches, I wonder how many will come back.