Sunday, 3rd November (1918)

A Mine went up in the vicinity – some of them are timed for weeks ahead, to blow up railways etc.

Supposed to be a big “stunt” on tomorrow – objective Mons.  A fitting terminus to the war, the retaking of Mons!

The civilians here were astonished when they saw our motor transport arriving after the Hun withdrawal – he apparently is almost entirely dependent on light railways.  They say they were treated with the utmost severity, even the children being forbidden to sing or play.  You see them now, clearing out their battered habitations and straightening up as best they can – all immaculately dressed.

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