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All day long on September 26th, the first day of the big drive, the wounded came. I saw the line of ambulances stretching at one time of the day from our hospital up well into the town. All were waiting to be unloaded and these were all stretcher cases. We saw a few of the small ambulances which carried only two men, but I don't remember how many of these small ambulances were used. Nearly all of the wounded that I saw who came in on stretchers, were brought in by the G. M. C. ambulances. Some of the wounded soldiers when they arrived carried with them enough hand grenades and ammunition to blow our hospital to pieces. As the weather was cold they nearly all had on their overcoats and in the pockets of the overcoats were often six or seven hand grenades, all very much alive. We relieved each wounded men of his explosive before we turned him over to the medical officers. This pile of grenades, automatic pistols, rifle ammunition, etc. soon grew and was deemed advisable to be kept outside. It was accordingly moved to the side of the building near the pond. When we first left the big dugout where we had spent the previous night and viewed the scene where the battle was now going on in earnest, I counted fourteen big American observation balloons, stationed one-half mile apart, watching the enemy's movements. They were almost overhead and anchored to the ground by a steel cable. I believe each balloon was about a thousand feet from the ground. While I was watching one of these balloons about 10 A. M., I saw a German aeroplane dart from a cloud, set fire to the balloon, saw the American observer jump out with his parachute, each the ground and the German aeroplane as soon as the first balloon was in flames, directed his course to a second American balloon which he set on fire in a similar -59-