Item 04: John Duncan McRae diary, 6 May-18 September 1917 - Page 40

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May 31. Drill now takes the form of practise stunts, or attacks. We are organised either as a platoon or Company & at the given signal, go through the process of taking an imaginary trench with fixed bayonets etc.

Evening kindly granted me a few quiet hours in the Y.M.C.A. writing room.

June 1.
We spent the day in the fields in order to see a demonstration trench-mortar barrage.

It is said that the Americans have an enormous class of gun ready for use in France. Its shell will kill anything within 8 miles of the burst & the recoil of the gun will bring up provisions for the troops.

June 2 Alan, Ron, Norman & "Bindy" spend the day at Amiens.

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