TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8th

9.00 a.m. Quiet night. Went round the line from 10.00 p.m. to midnight. Raining and sloppy, and very dark. Fine today and colder. They are already asking for countless returns and harrying reports, &c., which entail me spending most of the morning inside, writing and at the end of the telephone. About the identity disc, the only advantage is you needn’t take it off. A quiet night and no casualties so far. Accounts out here with francs, &c., have to be kept very clear. Have a busy morning. Was up at 5:30 a.m. visiting an outpost you can only get to in the dark. Messages come in every minute. Send nothing more yet. Everything is dumped 1½ miles off and has to be carried.

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