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ued [continued] on their way to take station. We were up the next morning to view the damage done and found that most of the shells had fallen to the rear of the building. As I had guessed the previous night, the shells were of the three inch variety, as could be easily seen from the size of the shell holes. A shell, roughly speaking, on striking ground makes a hole whose diameter in feet and whose depth in feet are equal to the diameter of the shell in inches. Thus a three inch shell makes a hole three feet deep and three feet across. A six inch shell makes a hole six feet across and six feet deep, a fourteen inch shell, one fourteen feet deep and fourteen feet across. We were to see many of these large holes at Baulny, big enough to bury a small house. The morning of the 25th of September arrived after many high-ranking officers had inspected the arrangement made for receiving the wounded soon to arrive, for on this day we were informed by Major Nelson that the big drive would open on the following morning and our hospital would soon after be in full swing. Preceding the advance of the infantry, the whole artillery branch of the American Army, assisted by the French artillery, was to pour a steady rain of shells all night long on the German lines. On the night of September 25th about eight o'clock, we left the inn where we were to conduct operations and the whole Company entered a dugout, the largest I had seen in France. It was capable of holding three hundred men, was fitted with double bunks in tiers, lined with tar paper and lighted with electricity, the wires running the full length and into all of the chambers. I bunked with Pierson and he had somehow got possession of a big Medical Department blanked marked "M. D." in the center. This -54-