Foggy, all stand to arms until clear. Maxim + Machine guns keep up a heavy fire.
Last night heavy rifle & Machine gun fire. Several Hun Aeroplanes over our lines. Our artillery fire 150 shells but fail to hit them. Capt Barclay + Cpl Griggs go to Bailleul for course of Bomb throwing etc.
Cpl Neal, Pri J Forrest + Craig go to England on leave yesterday.
About 3 PM the Huns send over whiz bangs etc. They burst only a few feet away from us.
Taubes fly overhead, a battle is going on in the clouds. We are relieved by 42ed Canadians after. Heavy frost at night. Lots of strafing by us and the Huns
*Strafing – Attacking ground targets from low-flying aircraft. Strafing was first used in World War One to attack trenches and supply columns from the air. The German army was the first to introduce aircraft made specifically for strafing. They built airplanes armed with downward-facing machine guns and armor to protect against ground fire
*AEG J.I German Armoured Ground attack aircraft
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