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Sat. 21st. I believe the 17th, 18th & 19th & 20th battalions of Infantry was landed yesterday afternoon & last night some were landed here on the main beach & some on the left. We went on duty on the 'phone at 12 o'clock today & soon found things moving some, our rations were given us at 2 o'clock instead of 5 as usual & at 3 oclock the warboats & artillery opened up a very heavy fire on the left flank. I walked to the top of Walkers Ridge & had a grand view of the fighting in the low country below us, but there was very little one could see only clouds of dust & smoke & the flash as the shells exploded, the bombardment was terrific. I knew that hill 971 was

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