On this day in Yorkshire 1916

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Prelude to Armageddon: Bombardment of Enemy Trenches

It certainly cannot be said that, things have been “quiet” upon the Western front during the last two days.

The British artillery has been boisterous at many points of the line. Yesterday I was in the Loos salient, and the rattle and boom of the guns was practically ceaseless.

Nor was the uproar constant in any particular spot, but seemed to fade away, so to express it, thus indicating the far-reaching scope of the bombardment.

As I write, my ears are still ringing with the resonance of our guns along a sector that reaches well down towards the Somme which I visited this afternoon.

As far the eye could reach, and this from a capital vantage point was a good many leagues, the line of the enemy’s trenches was traced by the sullen lookiug puffs of high explosive projectiles bursting, “not singly, but in battalions.”

Nor is it only the gunners who are very busy just now. have just heard of a particularly daring and successful raid by the Royal Munster Fusiliers, which added to the list of fine exploits which the infantry have performed during the last few days.

A day or two ago a gas attack was commenced against a portion of the German trenches, but the conditions were not altogether favourable, and the operation was abandoned, for we have profited by the experience of the enemy at Hualluch a few weeks ago, when it was demonstrated that those who play with deadly agencies may, if not very wary, find themselves victims.

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