I suppose the most scary part of it was the shelling at night, the mortars, the shells sort of flying over and the ones you heard, just whizz bang and, you know, that was pretty close.
Then sometimes you'd hear a thud and one had hit the ground and didn't go off. Another thing, too, was a bit, the Germans had what they called machine guns on firing lines, fixed firing lines and up behind us about 300 or 400 yards away was the Northumberland Fusiliers, they were a British machine gun crew. So I think they were having a go at them but, you know, you had to be a bit careful because you never knew when they were going to [fire], and they seemed to be pretty close to us.
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