18 July 1944. Écarde, France.
“0600- Large numbers of heavy bombers from the U.K. passed over head on their way to bomb CAEN; the prelude of the battle; The [battalion] turned out to watch the air battle which was a sight to gladden every body’s heart. The procession of aircraft continued without stop for 4 hrs. During the day armoured formations, having crossed the ORNE, passed through the camp in an endless stream. Corporal Mills and Lieutenant Slade nearly met their doom when a bulldozer almost removed the Officer’s Latrine in which they were ensconced.”