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where I changed for Rouen into a cramped train for the most part full of French troops returning to their units from leave. Arrived at Martainville Station, Rouen about 2.30 p.m. – 2 ½ hours late ( all trains France are running late during the war on account of the heavy traffic). I walked through this fine old town with its ancient churches and splendid Cathedral, bought a few postcards and then got the train at 4 p.m. at Gare Rue Droite (on the line Le Havre – Paris) and got out at Vernon 2 ½ hours later – I was on my way to the little village of Bray et Lû to stay the night with some friends. From Vernon there was no train to my destination 17 kilometres away, until next morning so I took a taxi and was soon exchanging salutations with my friends whom I had not seen since leaving Aust Marseille. I had

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