27th June 1917 Wednesday

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“Next day after a busy sick-parade – mostly blistered feet – I walked over to the training area, a distance of about three miles, via Cohem and Enquin-les-Mines. At the latter place I saw a lot of greasy Portuguese troops. At the training area I watched our troops laying out an exact replica of our trench system at Ypres – training for the big push next month! Trenches were being cut through fields of growing corn. It seemed an awful waste.”

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