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Major Nelson then informed us that we were about to enter the battle area near a big city and wer [were] shortly to see action. We boarded ambulances at eight o'clock and moved slowly, in silence, over the macadam road, showing white in the bright moon light. After a ride of perhaps ten miles we left the ambulances and viewed for the first time the scene of our first operations in the battle area,- the town of Fromerville. Orders had been given that we were now under the eyes of the enemy's observers; that no talking must be done, no sound made and no lights were to be allowed. Lighted cigarettes were strictly forbidden. The building selected for us was formerly a roadside inn, a large two story building with a barn in the rear. It was situated on the outskirts of the town near the cross-roads. The building itself was well preserved and the only one in the vicinity, which had escaped serious damage. We climbed the stairs and found the second floor to be supplied with wooden bunks, box shape, the bottom made of poultry wire. I picked out a corner with Fichter on one side and Burgess across the way. The next morning we were up early and proceeded to put the place in readiness for the operation of a field hospital. It was the morning of September 18th. The building had been in use by German troops and the garden in the rear contained growing vegetables of all kinds, celery, cabbage, turnips, etc. The other branches of service of the 80th Division were steadingly [steadily] coming up. The enemy Front lines were about a half a mile away. We were located on a main highway of travel and on this road the infantry came up at night and other combat troops. During the day -48-