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bear this out in their reports of Flanders from day to day.
Rumour has it that the bosch has been heavily shelling Armentiers with gas shells & there have been some hundreds of casualties among the civilians

500 Civilians were taken to the hospital as a result of the gas attacks in Armentiers one pathetic case was that of a mother suffering from gas effect who gave birth to a child in the Ambulance on the way to hospital
The new offensive in Belgium has begun, our troops operating with the French on their left went over the top this morning & occupied all their objectives taking about 5,000 prisoners the front was about 15 miles long, the depth is not great but heavy & continuous

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