"When we do go across to make a raid, we had, first would go the wire clippers they had to cut holes through the barbed wire. Then the riflemen, a score of rifleman would line up on both sides of the place they’d cut through. They’d put a box barrage around the area that we were supposed to raid. Then of course the box barrage is supposed to lift as you go along and by the time you get to the German trenches, the barrage drove them down into the dugouts and then you tell them to either come up or get blown up, one or the other, and naturally, they’d come up. Then when we’d come back, the riflemen had to come everyone going out, and then they’d have to count everybody coming back, and if there was one man missing, they had to go and get them. They had the worst job of all. That was the way that outfit worked out.We were in the trench with the French, and the Frenchman says to me, keep your head down, never put your head above the trench, you’ll get a hole through it. So to illustrate that he took a helmet, a French helmet, stuck it on a bayonet and put it up above the trench and sure enough, he pulled it down and there was a hole right through it. So that was a darn good lesson, I didn’t put my head above the trench after that, except of course when we went over the top. Then, when you went over the top everything was out of the shambles, because there was a barrage going on. A barrage was a curtain of fire put on by the light artillery, the 75s, they’d put down a curtain of fire on the German trenches and then they’d keep lifting it so we could go across back to that curtain of fire and try to capture those trenches."
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