Extract from the war diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, Machine Gun Corps
Monday. Watched the strafing of THIEPVAL –WOOD – trenches. (Thank God I am not there) It is Hellish. We continued to build the new dugout, but it will be a long job. I tried to find the Battn H.Q. but I failed utterly, so shall have to try again tomorrow. I counted 48 planes in the air at one time over THIEPVAL RIDGE so they are pretty busy.