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At 6 oclock our barrage opened along the whole front of the operation which was about 12 miles long. The barrage was excellent and moved with clocklike precision. Immediately it opened battalion in conjunction with other front objective troops moved up & advanced with it. The enemy was surprised not expecting an attack that morning. The opposition was very slight except in the centre of the sector where he was occupying a line of pillboxes from which he brought mortars bombs machine guns & rifles to bear upon us. This difficult was soon overcome and 7 oclock we were on our

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