July 24 1917, Chemin des Dames
Worked all last night and this
morning. Big attack at early hours this morning and French gained two
miles of territory. 600 wounded were carried by our ambulances. Enemy
desperately trying to break our lines here. Attacks are growing in intensity
every day in this Craonnelle sector. Every night the French have been sending
up big guns and regiment after regiment of fresh troops. Casualties are
extremely heavy. I have just been relieved and am ready for a good long sleep.
The work has been strenuous. Colonial troops have just passed on to the first
line which surely means a fierce attack.
American ambulance driver’s diary – History of the American Field Service in France. Photo: 1917, American ambulance drivers and French soldiers working together at a Poste de secours, in the sector of the Chemin des Dames.