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in addition to the four which we had between us, we spread over the damp bunk. The interior of the dugout was damp and water was dripping from the ceiling here and there. Soon after we entered the dugout the whole American line of artillery, lined up hub to hub, opened up in chorus, showering a steady rain of shells on the German lines. Guns of all calibre hurled their steel missiles on the enemy. The field guns whose range was about three miles, hammered the front lines, while the heavier calibre guns, ten inch and fourteen inch, bombarded railroad terminals, etc., farther in the rear. All night long this barrage continued and at dawn the American infantry went over the top. It was the opening of the Meuse-Argonne offensive. About seven a.m. we left the dugout and returned to the inn where we had the hospital set up. About eleven A. M., September 26, the first wounded boys arrived. I helped to unload the first ambulance and I remember my first sight of the wounded. The ambulance backed up to within eight feet of the door. We rolled up the rear curtain and viewed the four wounded boys inside. Each ambulance held that number. The stretcher handles were supported in a kind of sling. These were first released and the stretcher with the bandaged form on it was drawn out until the handles at the other end could be grasped. These were then released from the slings and we carried the bleeding form inside. The two lower stretchers were always removed before the upper ones were touched, so that if any of the slings failed, the men below would not be injured. The first four we unloaded had shattered arms, a wound in the thigh, shrapnel wound in ankle, and gun shot wound in left shoulder. We carried these four stretchers inside, where the medical -55-