"While we were in the artillery training camp there, they had a lot of old houses; it might have been an abandoned town. They were using that as a target. One of the French soldiers, he pulled the lanyard loop on the artillery piece and the shell, the shell was timed to early or what, but it blew up anyway before it got out of the gun. It blew his arm off. So we all took up a collection, you know, see. Because with those things you could never tell. Someone who probably was supposed to set the fuse you know, didn’t do the job right, you see."
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