Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 109

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balloon near the A.D.S. The observers came down to earth successfully in their parachutes. This is the fifth balloon we have seen fritz bring down since our arrival, 15th June. To-day we saw one of our planes bring down a fritzer balloon in flames (the second since we arrived). The day is clear and sunny and there is tremendous aerial activity. 36 of our planes in one bunch passed overhead a few minutes ago.

Tues. 23rd July
Fritz brought down another of our balloons yesterday & we saw one of his own come down. The French have done wonderfully well in their brilliant counter-attack against the Germans who were making their fifth great onslaught of this year. So far 20,000 prisoners & 400 guns have been

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