August 1916 From our Correspondent in the
Today at Devils' Wood 17th (Northern) Division attacked just after midnight but
the men were cut down by German artillery and machine-gun fire. The attack was
preceded by a five minute “hurricane bombardment” (that is a bombardment of
greater than normal intensity) following a slower bombardment of normal
intensity. Evidently the enemy were just waiting for the end of the hurricane
bombardment to begin their own bombardment on positions which they have had
nearly a month to register.