Item 03: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1916-31 December 1916 - Page 62
Boulonge, Etaples, Rouen & Treport.
The Russians are doing well on the Austrian front & have just taken Czernowitz. At Verdun the French are having a quiet day or two – the Germans not being too busy. Very little is doing as usual, on the British front where so many of our Australian troops now are.
Great fire last in Marseille near the Docks when the flames from burning mineral oil extended for more than ½ mile. The firemen worked hard assisted by British & French troops. The British military petrol stores were burnt out.
The people here don't seem to care much for the English (the word British is rarely used) They don't seem to think their troops are doing enough. On the other hand Australians are greatly