8 June 1917; Friday

Lay in the dugout until about 2.30. Went back to the relay post. Up to the Blue Line1 trace†. The front man very heavy and almost crocked us up. Went down to the brasserie, had breakfast and then got down to it2. Slept very little. Up to the relay post again at 5 o’clock. Felt a bit groggy at first but it wore off after a while. Lay in the advanced post on our original front line until about midnight. The Germans counter-attacked and our artillery barrage was terribly heavy.


  1. “Blue Line”: See note on 7 June

  2. “Got down to it” seems to have been a phrase increasingly in use at this time, meaning “lay down to sleep”. See also “got down” on 6 June