Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 112
Thurs. 25th July
Large numbers of Americain Troops are being brigaded with the French & British – partly to strengthen the Allies and also to let the new men get some experience. Last night an officer, 2 sergeants & 30 men (stretcher bearers) arrived and were attached to our Ambulance. They belong to 33rd Americain Division (National Guard) and are from Chicago. They seem a very decent lot of chaps and are getting on well with our "guys".
We saw a big barrage with smoke screen put up on our left front this morning. Understand the "tommies" on our left went over the bags.
Thurs. 1st Aug.
On the afternoon of 28th July we heard that our Division was to attack early the following