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Some of the American soldiers were wounded by aeroplane bullets. The bullet usually entered the shoulder, near the clavicle and followed a downward course, lodging somewhere near the stomach. The German planes would come down very close to the ground and pour in a deadly fire from machine guns. Wounded German prisoners were often brought in, also French wounded soldiers and I remember one Prussian officer. All the wounded soldiers, both German and French, were given the same attention as the American boys. One of the wounded German officers left his overcoat with us. It was between gray and green in color and of a very fine material. One of the wounded German privates left his coat behind. One of the shoulder straps was loose and I sent it home as a souvenir. It bore the number 354. I suppose these figures represented the number of his regiment. The wounded Germans were usually very quiet but when placed upon the trestles to be given attention by the medical officers they would sometimes say a few words. I remember one who had his ankle badly shattered, a very painful wound, and who when his high leather boot was cut open to show up the wound, writhed in pain and burst out with, "Act Himmel, mein frau und kinder." (Oh Heaven, my wife and children). His wound was not particularly dangerous but very painful and he probably recovered. An American machine gun captain was brought in one day on a stretcher with a shrapnel wound in the right shoulder. He had ordered the German machine gun crew to surrender but was cut down before the gun was captured. The wounded German soldiers were usually dressed in a long gray overcoat, high boots coming up almost to the knee and a round cap. -61-