Item 03: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1916-31 December 1916 - Page 77

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Ambulances are going backwards & forwards all day long, bringing men from the hospital trains and then a few hours later taking them to the hospital ships that run to & fro across the Channel.
The days are wonderfully long – it does not get dark until about 10.30 p.m. but it is much colder than the south & at present is rather cloudy & raining rainy. (84)
Wednesday 5th July 1916:-
The combined British & French offensive is well on the move – 4700 & 8000 prisoners respectively having been taken on a 25 mile battle front. To the south of the Somme the French troops have penetrated the German second line & Fricourt, Frise, Herbecourt, Feuilleres, Assevillers, Buscourt & Flaucourt Have been taken by the Allies. The Russians & Italians

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