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the French very hardy of course. So far I have managed to get many opportunities for conversation although I am doing a fair amount of correspondence to the south.(86)
Friday 21st July (8.30 a.m.)
Heavy artillery heard early this morning and is still continuing – the allies must be making an offensive on a perfect day, the first I think we have yet had in the north. Before daylight the star shells were plainly discernable.
Ireland boasts the Vale of Avoca and Wales of LLangollon but who has visited the Vallleé du Donaire of France. Yesterday afternoon two of us paid it a visit, going via Boulonge, by a byway past the Château de Wicardenne, now occupied by les Petites Seurs des Pauves, into the valley with its

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