dotted in places with the smoke of the explosive shells. The planes usually keep so high that it is very difficult to hit them, but our end is attained if we can keep them to their elevation by our fire.
At night-fall we were stormed by the elements & it took all our strength to hold our tent down. Rain leaked-in everywhere. A number of tents were blown down, and their occupants suffered accordingly. When the vehemence of the downpour lessened somewhat, a few naked wretches crawled forth from beneath the canvas to readjust the tent-pegs & ropes, much to the amusement of their more fortunate "comrades in arms."
June 29. No parade before breakfast on account of dampness of lines, clothes etc. Morning's drill consisted of live-bomb throwing.