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“After one to three days, a real stand was made when the Germans had crossed themselves at a place … And there, our Colonel took over as commander of the brigade actually. I was still intelligence officer. The Germans were in contact with us. We had a bit of a trench in front of us. We were on a rise, a bit of a wood and a chalk pit there. Then just down below, we constructed some positions, rough trenches. Then the Germans made an attack of sorts with mortars. And then a few French soldiers mixed up with us. It was a mix up. I wanted to see where the mortar shells were coming from. I had no binoculars myself. This French officer did, so I asked if I could have a look. So I duly spotted which area it was situated and turned round to hand back the binoculars, and the French had gone. They left us to it.”











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