Our troops brought into Albert. Sorry sight. I go to Pozieres for intelligence news, then to Maneby Wood Contal Maison & District. Enemy heavily shell Pozieres & vicinity which keeps me busy dodging them. Piece cuts my leg. I arrive safely at headquarters in evening.
*Albert- A key location during the battle of the Somme as it was only 3 miles from the front. The town was heavily shelled by the Germans during this time. A statue of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus sat on the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Brebieres in Albert and after being struck by a shell the statue slumped into a horizontal position. British troops said that whatever side made the statue fall would lose the war though German troops claimed the opposite. Albert was captured by the Germans in 1918 but was eventually taken back by the British, the statue fell that same year after the Basilica was struck by British Artillery.