Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Other Set of Trenches

Friday 29th October 1915: One can determine much about the enemy from observing them closely, mused 7th Battalion adjutant Captain Meautys when we spoke to him today. Observing the enemy trenches he watched the effect of a salvo of shells into their front line about 9 o’clock last night. As soon as the sound of the explosions died away he distinctly heard the sound of a gong being struck. He deduces from this that the Germans think poisoned gas shells are being used against them.

He also commented that different troops, less highly trained are believed to be in front as the rifle fire is exceedingly scarce. The notes that the enemy only fire with mortars and rifle grenade, not with rifles.

Source: X550/8/1

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