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20th Shifted back to La Houssoye a few kilos (12) [?] from V.B.
We passed a vast number of guns and ammunition, a heavy bombardment was in progress and it is said 180 gas shells per gun were to be put over during the night. V.B. is the key of the whole western front as the capture would mean access to Amiens our chief railway centre & direct route of 55 miles to Paris.
It is said that when the 36th stopped the German advance & capture of V.B. this practically saved

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