I get about half way through this letter, when a whistle is blown, and we are told to "man the guns" again.   The Germans are about 6 or 700 yards away and advancing through the woods.  I station my men at the guns, and finished my letter by scrawling something across the unwritten page. I address the dirty envelope and an officer posts it on his way to "headquarters".  We again retain our fire, and after they had approached sufficiently near enough, we gave them h--- again and they clear off.  All day, shells have been falling pretty thick in the town, and  great walls of smoke are all around the horizon in our rear,  also one of the"forts" on our left has been put out of action by the enemy artillery.  About 
 5pm the main German Army has drawn decidedly nearer, due no doubt to the silencing of the Forts on our left.  Everything points to the fact that  we are in for a very rotten time , as the enemy have opened fire in as close a proximity so as to  set fire to the farmhouses in our rear, also both flanks.    The light caused by the numerous  fires lit up the surrounding country as day , causing anything or anyone passing along in the rear of the trenches, to be silhouetted very strongly against the horizon of fire.   Shrapnel is bursting all around us , it seemed that "H---" had again been let loose.  The scenery made by the Kaiser's "fireworks" was grand, and in spight of the fact that we were in a place where, - it was after (made clear to us, we were very lucky to escape from alive)
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