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There is something portentous about the sound of a shell when you can hear the change in the whine and know it is about to strike. We saw some of the shells fall close by. Two men were cut down among some troops stationed along the road. As we passed along under the shell fire we saw a company lined up for mess, apparently not concerned about the shells which were falling in their vicinity. Whether our moving column had attracted the attention of the Germans or whether Verdun was under constant bombardment I don't know, but the company lined up for mess did not seem to be much disturbed by the shells falling so near. As we marched further into the city the firing stopped and we had opportunity to view the ruins. All buildings were completely leveled. We noticed one or two fires smouldering. No troops were about except an occasional lone soldier. We marched through and out the oppose gates and after making a detour reached Fromerville about two o'clock in the afternoon. On the night of October 12th we prepared to leave. The wagons were loaded, packs rolled up and at 3 A. M. we started marching toward the enemy lines. All along the line of march we saw bomb proofs on the side of the road where any troop caught by an artillery bombardment could take shelter. These bomb proofs were half circles of corrugated metal under which a man could crawl and be fairly safe from shrapnel or shell fragments. About four A. M. we were given a half in the town of Bethincourt. It was completely in ruins. I remember how ghostly it looked in the early morning. Dawn was just breaking. By steady marching for three hours we reached our destination and halted in a part of the Argonne Forest. 319 Field Hospital was already there and with their kitchen set up for serving breakfast of -66-