Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 107

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and captured 38 trench mortars and over 400 machine guns. Some of the Americans who fought with us on July 4 got into the fight by exchanging tunics with Australians or taking colour patches of Australian units or taking sergeants' stripes off their arms. The troops that have been doing all the fighting lately are on this front are the French, Australians & Americans.

Sund. 14th July
Yesterday evening we saw a good (or rather bad) sight. Two daring fritz planes came through the clouds bent on bringing down some of our observation balloons. Notwithstanding the perfect rain of anti-aircraft shrapnel and lewis gun bullets we sent up, one plane soon had a balloon in flames – the two men in it

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